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Long Island weather: A chilly, sunny Thanksgiving Day

Rain is expected to make its own departure

Rain is expected to make its own departure by the afternoon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, forecasters say. Photo Credit: News 12 Long Island

Early risers on Thanksgiving Day can expect a chill in the air, as temperatures are expected to be mainly in the low 30s on Long Island right around sunrise.

Under dry, sunny skies, temperatures were forecast to rise only to the mid-40s on Long Island and in Manhattan, where the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at about 9 a.m., first viewable from Central Park West and 75th Street.

It’s likely to feel a few degrees cooler, thanks to winds from the northwest, said John Murray, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, as of the late afternoon forecast Wednesday.

The normal high for the day at Long Island MacArthur Airport is 51 degrees, with 35 the low.

Chilly conditions may not seem to be prime for the holiday, but the weather service reminds us that back in 1989 there was an early season snowstorm overnight into the morning of Thanksgiving — also that year falling on November 23.

Long Island MacArthur Airport saw 7.6 inches of snow and 4.7 inches was reported at Central Park, making it a “White Thanksgiving,” according to a weather service tweet.

Friday, forecast to bring sunny skies, was looking to warm up to around 50 degrees, the weather service said.

Saturday will take a jump further to around the mid-50s, and then temperatures will return to the mid-40s for highs Sunday.

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