Weather forecasts: A smile for Thanksgiving, Christmas; frown for football


By Danae King - dking@civitasmedia.com



Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Ben Wehner, of Wapakoneta, hangs Christmas lights while decorating his home along Water Street on Tuesday. “I’ve got to take advantage of this good weather while I can,” he said.

Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Ben Wehner, of Wapakoneta, hangs Christmas lights while decorating his home along Water Street on Tuesday. “I’ve got to take advantage of this good weather while I can,” he said.


CIRCLE THESE DATES:

Saturday, Columbus: Ohio State vs. Michigan State. Low 40s, windy, 75 percent chance of rain.

Nov. 26, Thanksgiving: Lima. High 52 degrees, low 37, a 25 percent chance rain

Nov 28, Ann Arbor: OSU vs. Michigan. High 37, low 18. Partly cloudy

Christmas Day, Lima: High 41, low 30; a 65 percent chance of snow for Santa.

LIMA — You are in luck if you’re hosting a family get-together in northwest Ohio for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Milder than normal temperatures are expected for both days.

However, if you have tickets for Saturday’s big game in Columbus, plan on watching your Ohio State Buckeyes play Michigan State in the rain, cold and wind. The only saving grace is the weather will “only be cold” the following Saturday in Ann Arbor when OSU and arch-rival Michigan tangle.

That’s the word from meteorologist from AccuWeather, which released its end-of-year weather forecast. It coincides with a travel forecast Tuesday from AAA that says Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be at its highest volume in eight years. Around 46.9 million Americans and more than 1.9 million Ohioans are expected to travel at least 50 miles. Wednesday and Sunday, which are the beginning and end of the holiday weekend, also will be the busiest days for travel.

The weather for the week will start out cool, said Bob Smerbeck, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, and then warm up a little heading into mid-week. On Thanksgiving, he predicts a high of 52 degrees and a low of 37. It’s too early to tell about rain, he said.

Heading into December, the weather will get cold again, going back to moderate temperatures by mid-month and then possibly getting cold, with a shot of snow for Christmas, Smerbeck said.

“Odds are Christmas will be on the moderate side,” he said, but it’s too early to tell this far out. “Ice has a chance to occur as much as just clouds and sun.”

The climate pattern El Nino means milder weather for Northwest Ohio, but “it’s all about timing,” Smerbeck said.

Last year, Christmas Day brought a little precipitation, a high of 39 degrees and a low of 32 degrees, Smerbeck said. The end-of-year forecast on AccuWeather.com shows a high of 41, a low of 30 and rain with some ice early in the day this year.

The forecast will probably show “some change … every day now,” he said.

Also changing will be gasoline prices. Motorists will likely see an increase in gas prices between now and Thanksgiving, but even with that, they are expected to be the lowest in seven years, said AAA.

“Low gas prices are saving Americans an estimated $265 million each day compared to a year ago, which has helped boost disposable income and enabled more people to travel,” according to AAA’s release.

Still, many consumers are watching the pocket book.

“While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Ben Wehner, of Wapakoneta, hangs Christmas lights while decorating his home along Water Street on Tuesday. “I’ve got to take advantage of this good weather while I can,” he said.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/11/web1_Christmas_Lights_01co1.jpgCraig J. Orosz | The Lima News Ben Wehner, of Wapakoneta, hangs Christmas lights while decorating his home along Water Street on Tuesday. “I’ve got to take advantage of this good weather while I can,” he said.

By Danae King

dking@civitasmedia.com

CIRCLE THESE DATES:

Saturday, Columbus: Ohio State vs. Michigan State. Low 40s, windy, 75 percent chance of rain.

Nov. 26, Thanksgiving: Lima. High 52 degrees, low 37, a 25 percent chance rain

Nov 28, Ann Arbor: OSU vs. Michigan. High 37, low 18. Partly cloudy

Christmas Day, Lima: High 41, low 30; a 65 percent chance of snow for Santa.

Reach Danae King at 567-242-0511 or on Twitter @DanaeKing.

Reach Danae King at 567-242-0511 or on Twitter @DanaeKing.

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