Black Friday is looking bleak for New Yorkers thinking about leaving home to shop — with rain and cold weather set to descend after a relatively dry and warm Thanksgiving, forecasters say.
Meteorologists had predicted a potentially massive storm for the holiday week, but Thanksgiving day is now expected to be relatively clear and in the low-to-mid 50s, Accuweather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said Sunday.
But a front from the west will bring at least small amounts of rain and drop temps by 10 degrees over the next day, Reppert said.
Rippert said the cold and rain will stretch all the way down to northern Florida.
Folks hoping to soak up the sun on Turkey Day will need to get out early, Rippert added, as cloud cover is expected in the latter part of Thursday.
Overall, New York City should expect about a quarter-inch of rain, he said.
Colder temperatures are expected “early Friday,” according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, AAA predicts Thanksgiving travel will increase 13 percent over last year.
New York City is the third-most-popular US destination on the auto club’s list, behind Disney-centered Orlando, Fla., and Anaheim, Calif.
Not everyone should expect clear skies for the holiday — showers on Thursday will cover much of the Midwest, from western New York to parts of northern Texas, Rippert said. The Pacific northwest is also due for some rainfall.