Forecast: York County in for a wet Thanksgiving

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Rain falls on Philadelphia Street in York City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The coronavirus will force changes in Thanksgiving traditions this year for some folks as officials and health experts implore against big family gatherings. 

Wet weather forecast in the York area on Thanksgiving might also dampen the plans of those who are tempted to travel or get together outside. 

The York County weather forecast this week shows rain on Thanksgiving eve and wet conditions in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, with a combination of cloudy and sunny skies heading into the holiday weekend.

"(Tuesday) is actually pretty close to normal for this time of year," said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Steinbugl, but it "looks like there will be some rain around (Wednesday) and Thanksgiving Day." 

Temperatures will be above average and relatively mild. Thanksgiving Day is even milder as temperatures in the 60s return.

Tuesday started with normal temperatures, that will shift toward the warmer side Wednesday. Lows will be in the high 20s to 30 and highs about 50, with wind from the northwest at 6 mph and calming down in the afternoon, forecasts said. There will be partly sunny to sunny skies, becoming mostly cloudy at night. 

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with areas of high clouds and light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. The afternoon will see clouds and limited sun before a definite chance of precipitation at night — a little rain in the evening followed by a couple of showers late.

Thanksgiving Day will start with periods of rain in the morning, mainly before 10 a.m., followed by clouds giving way to some sun and south wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Thursday night sees mainly clear skies at with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. 

Steinbugl said the spots of rain will stop by the end of the day Thursday, so people might not need their umbrellas or jackets as much as on Wednesday night.

"It's all what you like. The temperatures are going to be fairly mild for what you normally would experience on Thanksgiving," said Steinbugl for folks looking to travel or spend time outside on turkey day. "It's relative low impact. The wet weather may dampen some things on Thanksgiving Day, but not a significant impact.'

Friday features mild weather with clouds and partly sunny skies and highs near 60. Friday night should be cloudy skies with lows in the 40s.

The final weekend of November looks mixed with intervals of cloud and sun on Saturday. But Sunday will be sunny with a chance of rain at night. Highs are forecast in the 50 and lows in the 30 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

"It looks like things dry out into the week and into the weekend," Steinbugl said.