Big Chill Hits One-Third of US for Thanksgiving

A blast of cold weather and high winds could threaten to ground famous parade balloons.
3:00 | 11/28/13

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I'm indeed not. We have a lot of weather to get to. And samuel j. All bundled up in philadelphia after a very long night. Sam, happy thanksgiving, my friend. Happy thanksgiving, josh. Happy thanksgiving to everybody in new york and all over america. It is a hard-fought, gorgeously cool thanksgiving. We had a big storm system try to make a mess of this day. Let's get to the boards and show you what's going on with that thing. Look at the departing snow, rain and ice, as the low pulls up a little to the north here. And you can see that colder air spinning in a little behind it. Did we get snow? You bet we did. About of the nation is covered with snow. That's the earliest, the most we've had so early in the season, in about ten years. Look how much snow is down on the ground because of that storm system moving through. Wind gusts, 63-mile-per-hour to 64-mile-per-hour, from massachusetts to long island. Rhode island had a 59-mile-per-hour wind gust. And look at the cold air that's gone to the deep south this morning. Good morning, atlanta. 22 is the way that windchill is this morning. Tallahassee, feels like 31. Even orlando has a chill this morning at about 40 degrees. We have a cold thanksgiving start. But we're not the morning show that delivers one parade. You get a two-fer here. We have another one here, as well, josh. I know we'll be going back and forth all morning long. That's right, sam. We will be heading to ginger. Do we have ginger right now? A touch-and-go affair. Such is the weather here in new york city. But, ginger, you're braving it for us this morning. Will the balloons fly? That is the question everybody wants to know. We've got 50 million people that watch this parade. 3.5 million that come right here and line these streets to see that. You see snoopy back there. You can see the top of his head. A little woodstock on top of him. And it looks like they are all optimistic this thing is going to happen. We're still a little breezy. At early check this morning, we had winds sustained at only 8 and the gusts around 21. That's the start of the parade. 34, that's their threshold. The wind speeds will diminish as we go through the day. And they'll make that determination through the morning. Look at this long line of great stuff going on. I'm sure we'll have clowns. You can't get cold when you're having this activity and fun right here.

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