Weatherfolks Say Warmer Temps, Rain Will Return Thanksgiving Day


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The National Weather Service is saying that we’re almost done with this pre-winter cold snap, their latest “Special Weather Statement” claims that temps will rise and rain will return to wash all the snow and ice away sometime during Thanksgiving day.

A record low of 14-degrees was recorded Tuesday night at Sea-Tac Airport, and there may be some more snow Thursday morning, but the Weatherfolks are saying it’ll turn to rain.

We’ll see won’t we?

Here’s the entire statement, which was released at 4:51 AM PST on November 24, 2010:

… Sub-freezing temperatures to last through Thanksgiving morning…

… Transition to a more typical weather pattern Thanksgiving afternoon…

The very cold air mass over western Washington will keep temperatures below freezing through Thanksgiving morning. The coldest temperatures will occur this morning with some locations in the single digits. There is a chance with the snow cover that the coldest locations in western Washington could be below 0 this morning. Seattle-Tacoma Airport has already set a new record low with 14 degrees.

Highs today will warm into the 20s and lower 30s with some mid and high level clouds moving through the area. The clouds will increase tonight which will prevent temperatures from dropping as low as they will this morning. Most locations will be in the 20s overnight tonight.

Icy roads will be a problem through Thanksgiving morning. With temperatures remaining below freezing compact snow and ice will remain on many roadways. For frequently traveled roads… friction from tires may temporarily melt the snow and ice on the Road today…only to have it re-freeze again tonight.

A weak warm front will move by to the north on Thanksgiving… beginning the transition to warmer weather. There is a chance of precipitation on Thanksgiving… but there is still some uncertainty at this point how early any precipitation will reach the area. Precipitation falling during the morning will most likely be snow… but accumulations will be very light. Temperatures will rise to above freezing by Thanksgiving afternoon changing the precipitation type back to rain.

A cold front will bring rain and mountain snow to the area Thursday night with snow expected in all of the passes.

For areas that have several inches or more snow on the ground… the rain Thursday night will make Road conditions rather messy. Ponding of water on the roads as the snow melts may cause Hydro-planing problems for vehicles.

A showery weather pattern will persist the rest of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Rain showers over The Lowlands with snow showers affecting the Cascade passes.

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