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Thanksgiving weather looks beautiful, at least in Midwest

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WILLMAR — The weather forecast for the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend includes sunny skies and chilly nights.

According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature for Thursday in Willmar is expected to be 24 degrees with north-northwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.

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Thursday night’s low temperature is expected to drop to 7 degrees with Black Friday expected to be mostly sunny and 31 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be 33 degrees during the day and 20 degrees for lows both Friday and Saturday nights.

The Midwestern weather stands in sharp contrast to winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories in effect for the mid-Atlantic region and rain, freezing rain and snow may impact holiday traffic in those areas.

Information from the DNR Climatologist Pete Boulay at Minnesota Climatology Working Group website climate.umn.edu, shows that a typical Thanksgiving Day in the Twin Cities has high temperatures in the 30s and at least a bit of filtered sunshine.

Having a mild day in the 50s is relatively rare, as a maximum temperature of 50 or more had happened only 11 times in the last 141 years. The warmest turkey day was 62 degrees in both 1914 and 1922.

It was 60 degrees last year on Thanksgiving and that tied 1939 as the third warmest holiday going back to 1872 for the Twin Cities records. The 2012 holiday also included 0.1 inches of snow that night.

The coldest Thanksgiving Day was 18 below zero on Nov. 25, 1880. There has been measurable snow on 27 of the past Thanksgivings back to 1884. The most snow was 5 inches in 1970. Historically, about one in three Thanksgivings has at least an inch of snow on the ground. The deepest snow was 10 inches in both 1921 and 1983.

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