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Thankful for this Thanksgiving Day Forecast

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 19:17:43-05

It’s time to (hopefully) partake in eating large quantities of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and all those other delicious Thanksgiving dishes! One thing we can be thankful for is the fact that many of our past Thanksgivings have been fairly quiet weather-wise.

In fact, last year’s Thanksgiving saw an afternoon high of 62° in Omaha! In 2016 Omaha saw just a trace of rain, but 2015 received 0.32” of rain and a trace of snow. Other than that, the past several years have been chilly with highs only in the mid 20 to upper 30s from 2013-2016.

The warmest Thanksgiving on record for Omaha was just seven years ago when the high reached 73° in 2011. On the flip side, the coldest Thanksgiving was only -2° way back in 1877. Of course, the end of November can bring both rain and snow. The wettest Thanksgiving happened back in 1896 when Omaha received 1.59” of rain and the snowiest was in 1931 when 2.9” was measured at Eppley.

This year it will be a warm, dry day with highs in the mid 50s and plenty of sunshine. Since the average high on Thanksgiving is typically in the low 40s, we will enjoy these temperatures being 10 degrees warmer! Travel on Thanksgiving Day will not be impeded by the weather, but rain chances on Friday, late Saturday, and then snow chances on Sunday will impact return trips.