Incoming Nor'easter storm to ruin Thanksgiving?

Nasty weather could ground the balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and throw a serious wrench in holiday travel plans

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photograph: Filip Wolak


Save Spiderman! There's a chance that inclement weather could ground the many floating participants at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday—not to mention impact travel plans for the holiday. Forecasters have predicted that the coming storm, which has caused eight deaths on the west coast and is heading our way via the South, will land in NYC on Wednesday. Don't expect a white Thanksgiving, though; the Nor'Easter is expected to bring chilly temps, high winds and heavy rain, but will move too quickly to produce much (if any) snow.

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Were you planning on getting out of town? You may want to rethink your plans—or at least escape the city as early as possible, since the storm hits town on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest travel day of the year. Low clouds and heavy winds will likely delay and cancel flights, and hefty rain and icy conditions could affect those traveling by car and train. WNYC has a handy storm tracker; check back for live updates on weather and travel news, including flight delays and NYC traffic information.

Though the storm's major effects will have passed by Thursday, the forecast looks blustery, with sustained winds predicted to reach speeds of 15–20 miles per hour with gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour. However, as NBC points out, ballons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade can't fly if winds reach 23 miles per hour and gusts of 34 due to safety reasons. Wait for Thursday morning for a final decision on the annual procession.


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