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Thanksgiving Could Be Among the Coldest on Record in Parts of the Northeast

At a Glance

  • An arctic air mass will engulf the Northeast late this week.
  • Some cities may see their coldest Thanksgiving Day on record.
  • Low temperatures will be 15 to 25 degrees below average.

Another blast of cold air is expected to bring one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record for some Northeast cities.

A strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle will descend southward across Canada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels more common on New Year’s Day, not Thanksgiving Day.

A strong area of cold high pressure will set up over the Northeast for Thanksgiving.

For some Northeast cities, high temperatures on Thanksgiving could be close to the coldest on record no matter what day of the month the holiday was celebrated (e.g. Nov. 22, Nov. 24, Nov. 26, etc.).

New York City has only had three Thanksgivings dating to 1870 when the high temperature failed to rise out of the 20s, according to National Weather Service statistics. The coldest was a high of 26 degrees on Nov. 28, 1901.

Forecast highs Thursday could be near that all-time record coldest high set almost 117 years ago.

In southern New England, Boston could come within a couple of degrees of its coldest Thanksgiving high of 24 degrees, also set Nov. 28, 1901.