Millions in South Face the Coldest Thanksgiving in Years

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 28, 2013; 6:53 PM ET
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Residents and visitors in the South for the Thanksgiving holiday faced the coldest Thanksgiving in years in the wake of recent heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The landscape was cold Thanksgiving morning with many areas having their lowest temperatures so far this season. Record low temperatures fell from Mississippi and Alabama to Georgia and the Carolinas.

A frost and freeze touched new territory for the season so far in the Deep South, reaching the Gulf coast and into portions of central Florida.

Temperatures during the cold wave will dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal and will challenge record lows in some locations.

According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker, "Since 1985, only two Thanksgiving days failed to reach 70 degrees in Tampa."

The temperature was 63 degrees in Tampa, Fla., at 3:00 p.m. this Thanksgiving.

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"Prior chilly Thanksgiving days in Tampa include a high of 67 degrees on Nov. 28, 2002, and a high of 68 degrees on Nov. 23, 2000," Walker said.

For folks hitting theme parks and golf courses in Florida, it is definitely jacket and long-sleeve weather, especially for the morning and evening hours.

However, temperatures will rebound Friday into the weekend with dry weather and clear skies forecast for much of the region.

The only potential inclement weather is forecast along Florida's east coast with clouds, spotty showers and rough surf.

Temperatures for Several Cities

3:00 p.m. ET Thursday
Charlotte, N.C.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mobile, Ala.
Orlando, Fla.
New Orleans
Jackson, Miss.


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