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Thanksgiving weather: Near record-breaking warmth in West, cold in East

Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 20, 2017

Weather on Thanksgiving day is going to feel very different on each side of the United States.

The jet stream is buckling, causing two very different temperature extremes — warmer than usual temperatures west of the Mississippi River and colder than usual to the east.

The warmth in the West could even approach record-breaking highs from the West Coast all the way to Colorado as temperatures warm to 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the average.

Fortunately for travelers, the cold air in the East won't equate to any snow showers. Any signs for snow continue to dwindle nearly everywhere across the country.

That's much different than the forecast from the Old Farmer's Almanac, which is calling for a snowier Thanksgiving with at least flurries in parts of the Northeast, Midwest, Northern Plains, Rocky Mountains and Northwest.

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For most of the country, it's looking mostly dry.

Rainy weather is expected in the Northwest, and a few very scattered showers could develop on the opposite side of the country in parts of Florida.

In the days leading up to the holiday, precipitation will be scarce, good news for the millions of people expected to travel this week and who are also paying a slight premium on gas.

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