The Northwest will take the brunt of the stormy weather this week leading up to Thanksgiving Thursday as many others around the country experience tranquility. However, cold and stormy weather is poised to expand east.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski first talked about this expansion in stormy weather last week, but not before this stormy weather is already taking aim at the Northwest.
A train of storms will pummel the Northwest through Wednesday with heavy rain, strong winds and mountain snow. A disturbance will break out of the Northwest later this week, allowing a cold shot to move into the northern Plains and Northeast Friday through Sunday.
The cold air spilling south will bring a 24-hour high temperature change of 10 to 20 °F from Thanksgiving to Black Friday for cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis.
A similar drop in highs will occur farther east including areas from Boston to New York City to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. from Black Friday to Sunday.
A bit of rain and snow will accompany the changing weather as the storm advances east. In fact, the air will be cold enough to support some lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes.
The turn to colder and stormier weather will continue through the last week of November across the North, but the South will escape largely untouched.
A detailed update to our winter forecast was released Monday morning and discusses the outlook for December and the months to follow.
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