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COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades

We take the polar plunge for Thanksgiving...
Posted: 6:14 PM, Nov 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-20 23:16:25Z
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades
COLD TURKEY: Coldest Temps In Decades

Here we go again...another shot of brutally cold air. The freezer unloads from Canada as a small chunk of frigid air breaks off the "Polar Vortex" and heads south toward our neighborhood. We could actually see some of the coldest air in decades this early Winter season.


Records from 20+ years ago are in jeopardy, Thanksgiving day with many locations struggling to even reach freezing. Wind chill values will be worse with many in the surrounding suburbs barely getting out of the single digits on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday mornings. 

Looking back over the last 8 years we have not seen any cold like this. The last time we saw a chilly Thanksgiving around here in Baltimore was back in 2013 where we had a high of 38 degrees.


Prior to that it was actually warmer with highs in the 60s as recently as 2015.  The coldest Thanksgiving day all time in Baltimore occurred back in 1930 with a high of 31 degrees. It looks as if 2018 will come pretty close to this record making this the coldest in more than 88 years. 

Cold air hangs tough through Black Friday with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s. High pressure though slides east and opens the door once again for a very active weather pattern. 

As it stands now we will see rain not snow. Things could get interesting to start Saturday though with precip coming in the morning and cold air leftover to produce some wintry action. Temperatures though will climb back above freezing with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s. 

Ravens Sunday against Oakland at 1pm looks good as weak high pressure takes control with highs back near 60 degrees. Beyond the 7 Day Forecast shows another storm early next week. This could bring some more concerns for wintry precipitation based upon track and timing. The pattern so far has suggested out of every 3 storms one of which has wintry precipitation.  

Right now though let's worry about the present instead of the future ahead. Enjoy the time spent with family and friends around the table while indulging in that delicious "Turkey Day" feast. Remember there is always something to be thankful for even if it's "Cold Turkey". 

 

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