Fair not Foul on Thanksgiving Day

The bird is stuffed, the mashers are buttered and grand mom's oven is set on 350. So all that is left is Tony's Turkey Day forecast.

Easter on Thanksgiving

It may seem strange, but our nasty Wednesday evening of chilly showers (even a touch of melting sleet) is soon to pave the way to an unusually warm and windy Thanksgiving Day.

Late this Wednesday night, temperatures are well above freezing throughout the entirety of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, so late night and early morning travelers have no ice to worry about.

Despite low ceilings and misty rains along I-64 from the Greenbrier all the way west to the Arch in St Louey, airports are back on schedule in the east as the pre-holiday rush is settling down. So late night commuter flights from Charlotte’s Douglas International CLT and Pittsburgh PIT into Tri-State HTS and Yeager CRW airports are on time.

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving Day, I just hope Grand mom doesn’t mistake the Easter Bunny for the Thanksgiving turkey since weather conditions will take a decided turn back toward spring levels.

So after a grey start on Thursday, skies will break out to a fair and hazy complexion for hunters in the woods. Then as the sun shines thru the fair weather clouds, a stiffening southerly breeze will muster gusts to 25 even 30 miles per hour in the afternoon.

Those strong winds will send temperatures soaring thru the 60s and even touching 70 in spots in time for the annual Commode Bowl in Dunbar where the Hillside Rams and River Valley Rats will play in shirt sleeves and shorts.

During Thanksgiving day, only a lonely scattered shower will be around.

The rain-free weather will not hold on nor will the balmy Turkey Day temperatures as the next moisture laden cold front will arrive with new soaking downpours late Thursday night into Friday morning.

This next batch of rain squalls will be spiced with thunder and lightning as well as gusty winds and a rapid drop in temperature. Tepid sixty degree air on Thursday evening will fall back toward freezing by dawn Friday as the cold front roars through and rattles the window panes and rings the wind chimes.

Now the faster the cold air arrives, the better chance it has to catch up to the moisture to produce an hour of melting wet snow. That snow chance is heightened in the WV mountains and in Pittsburgh before the back yard brawl where a wet and muddy Heinz field may be sprinkled with a dusting of snow before kickoff.

Black Friday shoppers will find the going cold and blustery with wind chills tumbling into the 20s as winds top 25 rosey cheek miles per hour.

Friday night football fans will be bundled to the max as they cheer their favs on. The Belfry Pirates and Wahama White Falcons have big games at home with temperatures falling into the 20s even before the wind is factored in.

Saturday's football action starts with Herd Tailgaters sporting some hot chicken soup on the brunch menu (early kickoff at noon means tailgating starts at 9) and a morning temperature deep down in the 20s.

By opening kickoff at Laidley Field for the South Charleston-Brooke game, temperatures will warm only toward the upper 30s. Both college and high school football venues will be especially cold on the shaded side of the stadium, so a warm cushion on a cold aluminum bleacher seat will keep your fanny comfy.

Happy Thanksgiving
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