THURSDAY’S WEATHER: Warm, dry Thanksgiving Day ahead of rainy weekend

After weeks of cold conditions, we will see the best-case scenario for Thanksgiving Day: warm, dry weather.

Thursday will start off partly cloudy and will remain overcast for most of the day. It will be a relatively warm morning, especially when compared to some of the recent mornings metro Atlanta residents have had to endure. We’ll be in the low to mid-50s in the morning and reach a high of 60 degrees by the afternoon, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

About a 20% chance of rain is expected, but the day will stay primarily dry for all your Thanksgiving festivities.

As we head into the weekend, we’ll see some showers start popping up. Rain will start early on Friday and begin tapering off by the afternoon. A lower chance of rain is expected for Saturday, but isolated showers are still in view.

The mild temperatures will hold out for Friday, when we’ll see a high of 60 degrees and an overnight low of 52. Though the rain may get in the way of your Black Friday shopping, at least a chilly breeze won’t be the reason you skip out on all the sales. Make sure you bring an umbrella and keep all your new technology dry.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

The Georgia Department of Transportation suspended its routine closures for roadwork in anticipation of heavy Thanksgiving Day traffic from Wednesday until Sunday. Roads, interstates and state routes near major shopping areas should be cleared for those planning to shop on Black Friday or travel in surrounding areas during the holiday.

If you find you’re still in need of some last minute supplies for your Thanksgiving meal, a few stores will remain open Thursday. Kroger and Whole Foods Market are just a few.

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