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Big weather changes coming for Thanksgiving weekend

By DAVID TEWES
Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.


HOLIDAY WEEKEND FORECASTMuggy, warm weather will continue in the Crossroads through most of Thanksgiving Day.

A shot of cold air is forecast to arrive about midnight Thursday.

Temperatures will plummet 40 degrees from a high Thursday in the low 80s to a low Friday in the low 40s.

There's a 40-percent chance of rain Thursday night and lingering showers during the day Friday.

Neither snow nor rain nor cold nor gloom of night will keep Victoria resident Cassie Driscoll from taking advantage of the Black Friday bargains.

Despite a 40-degree drop in temperatures and blustery conditions forecast, Driscoll said she'll be hitting the stores before 5 a.m.

"Weather is not going to stop me," she said. "There's a gift this year that my husband has been wanting for a while and they're having a really, really good sale."

But don't tell husband Christopher. She she plans to hide Wednesday's Advocate from him so the gift will remain a secret until Christmas.

John Metz, with the National Weather Service, said muggy, warm weather will continue in the Crossroads through most of Thanksgiving Day. The shot of cold air is forecast to arrive about midnight Thursday.

High temperatures Thanksgiving Day will be in the low 80s, before plummeting into the upper 30s Friday morning.

"It's going to be a noticeable change by Friday morning, which is the greatest shopping day of the year, right?" he asked.

Low temperatures will be near freezing Saturday morning, possibly bringing the first freeze of the season.

Thanksgiving Day will bring strong south winds up to 25 mph, with gusts almost to 40 mph. The wind will switch to the opposite direction Thursday night at 15 to 25, with gusts up to 30 mph.

There's a 50-percent chance of rain Thursday night and lingering showers are possible during the day Friday. Forecasters are not expecting severe weather or icy road conditions in the Crossroads through the holiday weekend.

"But it looks like the following Tuesday, a really good polar air mass comes shooting down," Metz said. "It will be an interesting scenario."

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