Happy Thanksgiving, Americans – Feet of snow in some locations

Brutal cold and snow to blast Midwest over Thanksgiving weekend, says accuweather.com.

“Some locations may be buried under feet of lake-effect snow,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

At the same time, cold air could sweep from the northern Plains to the Gulf Coast, the Appalachians and eventually to the Atlantic Seaboard while another storm dumps rain, ice and snow on the Northeast.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for this link

“Happy Thanksgiving, Americans,” says Argiris.

9 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving, Americans – Feet of snow in some locations

    • Not really,,, if you consider typical weather around Thanksgiving in Plymouth, MA to be “proper weather” for the holiday.

      I lived in MA for years and Thanksgiving day was always grey, cold, damp, raw and blustery.,.. but while it would usually mark the first day of snow in that state … I have never seen any more snow on Thanksgiving there but flurries. Nothing that sticks!

  1. Hello. I’m in Central NY. We went from early fall to winter it seems. We watch the Weather Channel every morning because we work outside a lot and live off the land. Sometimes they piss me off and I laugh at their tunnel vision on global warming. They said we are having a cold fall….don’t tell me the season based on the calendar idiots…it’s snowing and freezing! Winters here no matter what it says on your calendar. We saw a wolf a couple days ago…not supposed to be around here. It could be a freak event, but maybe the first in a trend. We will see. I wonder if you should have a section on how this is effecting animal migration? In the country, animal behavior tells us a lot…much more than the Weather Channel anyway….ha ha! Just a thought…the animals have a sixth sense on the weather. Many a time I’ve watched the deer just before a blizzard event go into a feeding frenzy…they just seem sped up and nibbling every twig they come across and they run to lower valley locations where they can find shelter better, not their usual paths. These deer know.

  2. Interesting that all of the great likes surface and body temperatures are considerably lower than last year. Also most are lower than two years ago which was particularly cold. The lakes actually keep Michigan warmer than it would be without that body of water. We seem to be in for a very cool winter.


  3. I checked the meteorological conditions on Thursday last week for this coming weekend. GFS showed a trough moving SE from the Rockies into the Eastern US with colder conditions – although 3 days later the expected temps were adjusted downwards for this weekend – indicative of a stronger trough at 500DM and colder expected surface temperatures, respectively. And this is not even Thanksgiving yet. That’s the leading system ahead of the next one expected next week, which certainly could be stronger and more extensive as it migrates across the nation east of the Rockies, bringing with it colder conditions and increasing snowfall potential – especially in the favored locales that are prone to snowfall.
    In addition, snowpack is already well above normal in the northern areas of the US and Canada for mid November, which should lead to less air mass modification of southward penetrating arctic air intrusions – as a more extensive snowpack reflects more incoming shortwave radiation into space. (i.e. high Albedo) Combine that with a polar jet migrating southward out of Canada around the 500DM troughs and strong shortwaves ejecting East or NE from base of the troughs (when there is sufficient phasing of the jet-streams) is often a favorable setup for developing surface low pressure (winter storms) across the central and eastern USA in locations where 850mb temps are below 0C in areas of precipitation. This is especially likely over the Midwest and inland locations away from the coast (if you’re in the east) due to colder temperatures in the vertical atmospheric column.

    During the winter months, this kind of setup is most likely when you have:

    1. Strong blocking over NE Canada or Greenland (-NAO)
    2. A block over Arctic latitudes (-AO)
    3. A relatively weak Pacific jet index (-EPO)
    4. A neutral (or weakly positive or negative) QBO index (stratospheric winds above the equator at 50,000 ft) during the 3 preceding months prior to December, which can determine the strength of blocking in Greenland and depth of the trough in the eastern USA.
    5. A strong ridge aloft over the western USA (+PNA)
    6. A deep trough positioned downstream in the Eastern CONUS.
    7. A southward displaced PV (polar vortex) situated south of Hudson Bay or over the Great Lakes region.

    This setup allows for cross polar flow to extend from the Arctic into Western Canada and into the USA East of the Rockies, with an increasing chance of Siberian air masses to infiltrate deep into the USA. These source regions of arctic origin are often referred to as Continental Arctic (CA) air masses.

    This type of setup does not occur every winter in the USA and is subject to changes from one year to the next depending on a multitude of variables, including

    1. ENSO (El-Nino Southern Oscillation index), which determines whether we have an El-Nino, neutral phase, or La-Nina.
    2. Water temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska (which can determine whether a trough or ridge will dominate the west USA).
    3. Water temps in the Western Atlantic (which can determine the extent of ridging, or lack, of in the Eastern USA).
    4. Strength and position of the sub-tropical jet over the Pacific, Mexico and USA.
    5. PDO index (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) which can switch modes from cold to warm phases.
    6. Teleconnections of corresponding ridge and trough locations across the planet, which can determine the upper air patterns for the USA.
    6. Solar activity (which obviously affects the heat balance on earth (i.e. lower solar activity means climatic cooling and more extremes in weather) This can lead to increased amplification of the upper air patterns (from North to South) during periods of high amplitude flow.

    In summary, these annual climate and weather fluctuations are nothing more than natural cycles across the hemisphere interconnected with many different variables within the complex Earth climate system, including changes in Earth’s magnetic field and the ice age cycle. It is important that people be aware of and prepare for this changing part of nature.

      • looks like you need to learn how to read English real bad or go back to school then LOL

        You have not contributed to anything on this website……..

    • Thank you. That was very interesting. There are so many facets to take into consideration. The Global Warming folks seem to have tunnel vision, and the tide changed on them. There was a time before the cooling when it was warming so the GW people need to get on board. Many will be harmed by their stubbornness. I watched the Weather Channel this morning and got the impression of double talk…1 -2 inches rain in one segment followed by a lake effect snow scenario for the same time span…confusing. They are either confused, schizophrenic, or covering their butts. I really do like the characters, but I know they are controlled by their bosses.

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