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.
Snow will linger across parts of the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as December begins.
A train of storms will slam into the Northwest United States well into next week and perhaps through much of December.
Downpours will continue the threat for flooding across parts of southern India this week.
Following several days of dry weather, a weak area frontal boundary will bring rainfall to northern France Thursday night into Friday.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
As the Northern Hemisphere plunges into winter, the night sky will come to life with several notable astronomical events throughout the season.
Eastern Maine (1964)
Down east blizzard 12-18" snow, accompanied by 60 mph winds; 8' drifts. Record snow from Detroit to Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA 8.5" snow, most for date Akron-Canton, OH 24" snowstorm Dec. 1-2 - biggest snowstorm on record Detroit, MI Record 19.2" snow paralyzed city.
Ohio, Ontario (1996)
A line of severe thunder storms moved across the state. In Cleveland, OH there was a 60 mph wind gust. An 18-foot tractor trailer was blown over on I-77 in Richfield, OH. In Guelph, ON a wind gust lifted the roof of a gym, where a church group was playing basketball. Residents of one neighborhood saw a car spinning on its grill like a top.
Erie Canal (1831)
Coldest December ever closed Erie Canal.