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Expect a chilly, wet and gray T-Day (and on Black Friday)

A rain parka and mittens should be on the "to remember" checklist for Buffalo's 121st annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

Keeping them handy for the trip to grandma's house for dinner will be a good idea too.

There will be no repeat performance of last year's Thanksgiving Day weather in Buffalo, which - at 62 degrees - went down as the city's warmest in more than 30 years.

Rain is likely throughout at least the morning. The daily high temperature won't get out of the mid 40s.

More than 14,000 runners participate in the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot in downtown Buffalo on Thanksgiving Day morning. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

More than 14,000 runners participate in the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot in downtown Buffalo on Thanksgiving Day morning. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

At the 9 a.m. start of the race, forecasts show there is a 50/50 chance for rain. It will be overcast with light southeast winds. The air temperature is forecast to be 38 degrees.

By mid-day, temperatures are expected to make it to about 42 degrees with a roughly 40 percent chance of rain.

Those conditions will persist through much of the afternoon, including around dinner time, forecasts show.

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The forecast map for Thursday shows a rain or snow mix across New York State. Forecasters at the local office of the weather service said relatively warmer air during the day Thursday will make any mixed precipitation all rain. (NWS)

In areas away from the lakes and in the higher elevations, a "wintry mix" is possible from late Wednesday into the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, which could include some icing, forecasters reported in today's weather service discussion.

"Duration of any icing should be brief in most areas, but it may put down a light glaze on elevated road surfaces, tree limbs and such," forecasters stated.

The discussion added: "Warmer air arrives during Thanksgiving Day with any wintry precipitation transition over to all rain. Overall weakening trend of the system should result in diminishing rain chances through the day, but still remaining cloudy."

Showers are likely again on Black Friday.

Cloudy conditions will prevail with daytime highs in the mid 40s, the forecast shows.

 

 

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