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    Wind, Frigid Air Blast the Northeast Thanksgiving Day

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    November 30, 2013, 2:06:05 AM EST

    In the wake of a major storm, the Northeast and Great Lakes region can expect blustery and cold conditions on Thanksgiving Day.

    RealFeel® temperatures will be in the teens much of the time around the Great Lakes and central and northern Appalachians and in the 20s over the Ohio Valley and along the I-95 mid-Atlantic and New England.

    For many people traveling on Thanksgiving Day either short or long distances, the weather will be a tremendous improvement over recent heavy rain, snow and ice.

    The vast majority of the region will be dry with some sunshine.


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    However, there will still be some travel trouble spots. Lake-effect snow will continue into Thanksgiving Day in portions of Michigan, northeastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, the West Virginia mountains, western Maryland and upstate New York.


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    The bands of snow and snow squalls will affect only a fraction of these areas, but motorists traveling dozens of miles in these areas are more likely to encounter an episode of blinding snow and slippery travel. Locally gusty winds and fresh snow cover will lead to blowing and drifting snow, with poor visibility.

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    Winds will diminish from south to north across the mid-Atlantic as Thanksgiving Day progresses. However, a windy morning is likely for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The entire day in New England will be blustery. Winds were gusting between 20 and 40 mph through the streets of New York just prior to the start of the parade.

    The lower temperatures around the area compared to Wednesday could mean that some new icy spots may have formed on sidewalks and roadways.

    According to Joseph P. Sobel, Ph.D., AccuWeather.com senior vice president and head of forensics, "The majority of slip and fall incidents occur after a storm has left the area, due to melting and refreezing episodes."

    A weak disturbance dropping in from the Canada Prairies will spread a swath of light snow and flurries across the Upper Midwest on Thanksgiving Day into Friday.


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    However, odds are against much more than a coating of snow in a few places from this moisture-starved system.

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