After a winter storm rolled across the East Tuesday and Wednesday disrupting Thanksgiving travel, the weather Black Friday is forecast to be tranquil, as consumers dash out for one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
No major storms or large areas of snow, ice and rain are expected in the United States, but cold air will linger across the eastern part of the country, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Thursday night was chilly for shoppers who waited outside for the doors to open for Black Friday deals, particularly in the interior Northeast.
Some stores are opened Thanksgiving evening, but others opened as late as 5 a.m. Friday. The staggered start will give enclosed malls an opportunity to shelter customers who would normally wait outside for Black Friday to start.
Joy Weidel, spokeswoman for the Logan Valley Mall, Altoona, Pa., and Nittany Mall, State College, Pa., said while more than half of the stores there open early, other shoppers can stay inside to wait out of the cold.
The malls plan refreshments and other activities for shoppers as they shop or wait -- a fun, interactive evening, Weidel said.
Snow showers will wind down in favored lake-effect regions. Showers are now forecast to hold off over much of California, but will graze the coast in the south.
Strong to locally severe thunderstorms will affect areas from northern Texas and southern Oklahoma to western and southern Georgia into Tuesday evening.
Maysak has become a super typhoon over the Pacific Ocean and will bring life-threatening conditions to Yap and the Philippines.
While portions of the mid-Atlantic have enjoyed a day or two of spring warmth in March, most of New York and New England will finally break out of the persistent winter chill.
A widespread severe weather threat will target the central Plains on Wednesday afternoon after spotty severe storms in the South into Tuesday evening.
A storm will accompany a press of chilly air during the first part of the Easter Weekend with rain and even accumulating wet snow in some locations of the Midwest and Northeast.
A storm that will first spread showers from Scotland and England across to Germany on Friday will then bring a steadier, soaking rain to eastern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula on Easter Weekend.
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