Although it will be mainly dry across the country, cold and wind will be a challenge for some of the biggest Thanksgiving Day parades.
The most notable parade is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the heart of New York City.
Following some tricky traveling weather on Wednesday, Thursday will be dry with sunshine.
Thanksgiving is anticipated as a blustery day for The Big Apple. Northwest winds will be howling between 15 and 30 mph. There could be gusts to 40 mph, which may pose issues for floats and balloons.
The "Spiderman" float is seen during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Times Square in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, making 2011 its 85th year. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)
These winds will make it feel even colder than the afternoon high in the lower 30s. Parade-time temperatures will be around 30 degrees, but AccuWeather RealFeels® will likely be near 10 F.
Not only will the winds make it feel colder, but they could also cause problems for the large floats and those helping to carry balloons.
Also in the I-95 corridor, the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia will be fighting similar wind gusts.
In the Midwest, the America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit and the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago will both be battling the cold. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s for the morning, rising to the lower 30s in the afternoon.
However, wind speeds are expected to be at or below 10 mph, so it will not feel quite as cold as the parades in the Northeast.
Unsettled weather will rule in Atlanta this weekend and into the new week, with the chance of thunderstorms each day.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather with temperatures expected to reach 100 F Sunday and Monday.
It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.
Commemorating French Independence Day, the city of New Orleans will celebrate Bastille Day this weekend, but storms may half festivities.
The mercury will continue to soar in Seattle throughout the weekend and into early next week with temperatures reaching near record highs Sunday through Tuesday.
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New Jersey, NY (1895)
Cherry Hill Tornado in North Jersey caused $50,000 damage; funnel then descended at New York City in Harlem and Woodhaven, where one was killed; ended as a waterspout in Jamaica Bay; New York City damage totalled $43,000. Note: This is not the Cherry Hill in South Jersey.
Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes (1936)
Searing heat across the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes: Evansville, IN 107 degrees Alpena, MI 104 degrees Grand Rapids, MI 108 degrees St. Cloud, MN 107 degrees Wisconsin Dells, WI 114 degrees; all-time record. Green Bay, WI 104 degrees Fort Francis, ONT. 108 degrees; highest ever in Ontario Province. Mio, MI 112 degrees, all-time high in state.
The East (1975)
(13th-15th) A stationary front that extended from Maine to Florida caused 3 days of heavy rains from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. River flooding in low-lying areas was reported in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and NC. Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD each received more than 3 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Up to 7 inches of rain fell in 24 hours on parts of Maryland's eastern shore. Northern New Jersey was hit hardest with flash flooding. A total of 6.11 inches of rain fell on Trenton, NJ in a one-hour period. NJ was declared in a state of emergency and officials stated that as much as 34 inches of rain had fallen in the northern half of the state with property damage close to $30 million. Five people drowned.