Cold In Store for Thursday, Black Friday Shopping

November 19, 2012; 4:11 AM ET
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Before the turkey is even cooling in the refrigerator, the masses will be flocking to the stores to get their gifts for a discounted price, or so the retailers hope.

Retailers such as Target, Toys R Us, Sears and Walmart will open their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving night.

Whether you intend to do your shopping Thursday night, Friday morning or both, it is important to dress properly for the weather.

Thursday Night
Jackets will be necessary for shoppers waiting in long lines Thursday evening and Thursday night, while temperatures plummet.

"The low temperatures on Thursday night into Friday morning will be seasonably cool for most of the U.S.," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "Temperatures will be mostly in the mid-20s to upper 30s."

It will be warmer along the West Coast, in Florida and in Texas with temperatures ranging from the low 40s to the mid-50s. Some areas will even settle into the low 60s overnight.

"Some rain is possible in the cities of Portland, Ore; Seattle, Wash; Dallas, Texas; Saint Louis, Mo; Indianapolis, Ind; Chicago, Ill. and the surrounding areas.," said Mussoline.

"The cities of Great Falls and Bozeman, Mont. will get some snow."

Shoppers heading out on Friday will deal with chilly weather across the Midwest and Northeast. Cold winds will add to the chill from portions of the Great Lakes through the Northeast.

"Friday's daytime highs will be mostly in the mid-40s to upper 50s for most of the northern half of the U.S.," Mussoline said.

Behind a cold front, highs will fail to climb out of the 20s and 30s across the Dakotas, Minnesota, portions of Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Across the Southeast and back to the southern Plains, highs will range from to low 60s to upper 70s.

"It's possible some far southern locations will even reach 80 degrees F," Mussoline said.

The weather will remain dry across most of the U.S., with a few exceptions.

Snow showers are in store for portions of the Great Lakes, while rain showers will pass through the Northeast.

A few rain showers are possible for central and southern Texas.

Yet another storm will approach the Northwest with rain and wind.


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