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.
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A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
As millions of people prepare to travel for the winter holidays, wet weather in the Northeast may make some travels problematic.
As the train of storms from the Pacific Ocean continues, rounds of rain and mountain snow will affect areas from the Northwest to the Intermountain West and Rockies through Christmas Day.
With many winter storms lined up, snow will create a wintry setting for Christmas in some areas.
The train of storms that has pushed through California this month has brought welcome snow to Southern California ski resorts and helped launch their season after a slow start.
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Chinook: temp. rise 0 degrees to 50 degrees.
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Hurricane Lili northeast of Puerto Rico. Only the 6th tropical storm in December since 1886.
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Low of -34 + high of -21. Wind chill between 60 + 70 below.