Turkey day is now within reach and many of us will be loading up the family in our car to head to the big feast. And it looks like we are really lucking out in the weather department. First, let's look back at what happened last year.
Most traveling by car last year on November 24th (day before Thanksgiving) had to deal with rainy conditions and cold temperatures. Highs only topped out at 40 F. Then on Thanksgiving day (November 25, 2010), Central Indiana had light showers throughout the entire day. Highs topped at 57, which was above normal, but it happened in the early afternoon. Temperatures then fell throughout the afternoon. It even got cold enough by 8 PM to produce some light snow showers. Overall, 1.45" of rainfall was recorded in the Circle City. Then Black Friday came and we were hit with bitter cold temperatures. Lows bottomed out at 21 F and we only had a high of 36 F. I'm sure many shoppers remember this chilly day.
Now.. put a smile on your face because the outlook is much better this year.
Day before travel: No rain is expected in the state of Indiana. Only those traveling east into Ohio or up to the east coast will experience any rainfall. The Hoosier state will see decreasing clouds and highs in the upper 40s.
Thanksgiving Day: With high pressure in place, skies will be mostly sunny and temperatures will improve. Highs will come in around 56, putting us above normal for this time of year. The Ohio River Valley will be rain free.
Black Friday: Shoppers, you are going to LOVE this! We start the day with temperatures in the low 40s (hey, it's better than last year!) and highs will increase to 60 that afternoon. Obviously this isn't a huge issue for those that like to shop in our indoor malls, but outdoor malls will be much nicer to visit this year than last thanks to the weather. You will notice an increase in the wind during the afternoon, but winds should be rather light in the morning hours.
Travel safely everyone and I hope our nice forecast is something we can all be thankful for this year!