Thanksgiving Day rivals 1996 when the high temperature was in the 20s in southern New England. For some of us, this Thanksgiving maybe even colder, rivaling the coldest on record way back in 1938, 1911, and 1901.
High pressure moved in overnight with biting cold wind. Temperatures are starting out in the single numbers north to low teens south.
At the oldest climate data site in the United States, The Blue Hill Weather Observatory in Canton, Massachusetts, the coldest Thanksgiving was November 28, 1901, with a low temperature of 10 degrees and a high temperature of 21 degrees. We should rival that this year, even though Thanksgiving is a week earlier.
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Sunshine rules for the day, even though the temperature warms only to the teens north, and low 20s at the south coast. Wind from the northwest may gust past 40 mph keeping the wind chill at frigid levels. It's a very strong high-pressure system from Canada that comes right over our head tonight with a mostly clear sky. Anywhere there is snow on the ground, temperatures may go below zero Fahrenheit.
Friday is a pretty day with sunshine and less wind in the high temperature getting back to the 20s during the afternoon.
A warm front works toward New England Saturday with increasing clouds in a high temperature of 40 degrees.
Rain or a wintry mix that changes to rain is likely Saturday night and early Sunday.
Sunday may end up OK with breaks of sunshine possible in southern New England. Temperatures rise to the 40s and lower 50s.
A coastal storm is likely to take shape early next week and we may have some colder air, so rain may go back to snow. More on that as we get closer.