Bundle up and get those heavy jackets out for thanksgiving dinner! Many models are showing the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly a decade for the east coast, that also means here in NC will be very cold.
How Cold? Surface high pressure will build into the state on Wednesday bringing cooler temps on Wednesday highs in the 50's. Before a reinforcing dry backdoor cold front sinks south/southwestward through the area during the day on Thanksgiving. Behind this boundary, a strong Canadian surface high looks to build in from the north ushering in a much colder airmass. With the arrival of the front now expected on Thursday morning with a southern passage by the early evening. Highs will likely occur in the late morning hours across the northern part of the state and northeast part, with temps ranging in the mid 40s across the northern Piedmont with low 50s prevalent as you approach the SC border, many of these highs will be near record low highs for Thursday and November standards. Low temps Friday morning will likely be in the 20s for most locations, with even some lower to mid 20s across the far north.
Below is our official forecast for Thanksgiving day, with many of these highs occurring late morning and then slowly dropping off. Image 3 is the European forecast for Thursday afternoon.