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.
Severe thunderstorms return near Little Rock, threatening areas from Oklahoma City to Dallas to close out Wednesday evening.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
Fresh cooler and less humid air will settle over the Boston area for Thursday and Friday.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
Severe thunderstorms are dropping down through the South Central states to close out Wednesday.
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.