"Travel Day," when millions of Americans set out for Thanksgiving celebrations, could be rainy, with the Islip-based National Weather Service assessing the odds at 50%.
The day will be abnormally warm, with a high near 58. Winds should be light and variable, the weather service said — unlike Thursday, when high winds might keep Snoopy, the Grinch and the rest of the 16 behemoth balloons from thrilling the crowds at Macy's parade.
"The shower threat ends tonight as the cold front moves to the east," the weather service said in a statement. "Winds will be quite gusty tonight and Thursday. Temperatures in the morning will be in the 40s, but should warm to around 50 during the day," it said.
Wind gusts on Thanksgiving Day could hit 40 mph — even slightly higher in New York City. The biggest of the balloons planned for Macy's parade will not be allowed to soar if sustained winds top 23 mph and gusts top 34 mph, according to published reports. The safety measure was enacted because four people were hurt by a Cat in the Hat balloon in the 1997 parade.
Both Friday and Saturday should be colder and mostly sunny, with daytime highs in the low 40s.
However, Sunday might start off with snow before 9 a.m., which then could switch to rain that likely will continue through Monday, the weather service said.
Tuesday, however, should offer clear skies with a daytime high of 40.