Cold Winds Expected For Eastern Thanksgiving Parades

The AccuWeather Global Weather Center says although Thanksgiving is expected to be dry, anyone taking part in a parade or watching it, from Illinois to New York, should prepare for cold windy conditions.

The most notable parade is the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the heart of New York City.

Accuweather says traveling weather on Wednesday could be “tricky,” but Thursday is expected to be dry and sunny.


Thanksgiving day is Thursday 28th and it is expected to be blustery in New York, with winds blowing from the Northwest between 15 to 30 mph, with occasional gusts to 40 mph.

The temperature should be in the lower 30s, but the wind will cause a chilling effect, making it feel even colder. The parade starts at 9am, and although the temperature should be in the 30s by then, Accuweather says to prepare for 10 degrees F.

The big floats are expected to fare the worst in the wind, and anyone carrying balloons should wear heavy clothes and shoes, because the wind will be a challenge.

Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago will get their own share of the buffeting winds, but at least it is not expected to be as cold as in the Northeast.

The 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, the America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit and the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago will be cold. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s for the morning, rising to the lower 30s in the afternoon.

With wind speeds expected to be under 10 mph, these parades will not be as challenging or as cold as in the Northeast.

macys thanksgiving parade
Santa Claus arrives, accompanied by his elves, on his sleigh pulled by reindeer at the climax of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 27, 2008. The intersection seen here is 57th and Broadway.

Information for this story was provided by Courtney Spamer, Staff Writer

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