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Storms tease of a white Thanksgiving, but snow won’t stick

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Lindsey Knewstub

Jessica Spaccio

Climatologist, Northeast Regional Climate Center

Weather forecasters are warning of three major storms that will impact Thanksgiving travel. For the Northeast, it’s likely that only areas of northern New York and interior New England will keep snow on the ground for Thanksgiving. 

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, offers snow predictions for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Media Note: Maps and graphics showing snow probability for the Thanksgiving holiday can be viewed here. They can also be downloaded here: https://cornell.box.com/v/2019ThanksgivingSnow.

“Historical probabilities, based on the last 30 years, show us that Anchorage, AK is the most likely to have a white Thanksgiving with a 70% probability to have snow on the ground. Northeast cities have a 0% (Mid-Atlantic) to 63% (Caribou, ME) chance of a white Thanksgiving.”

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