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Absegami fans bundle up during the game. Absegami hosted Oakcrest in their annual Thanksgiving Day football rivalry held at Absegami High School. Thursday Nov 28, 2013. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

Canada doesn’t celebrate American Thanksgiving, but our neighbor to the north sure wants its presence known. The coldest Thanksgiving daytime air ever in South Jersey will likely have a prominent seat at the dinner table Thursday.

A potent high-pressure system, straight from the arctic, will drop into South Jersey on our holiday morning. The turkey trots and high school football games will be a shock to many of our systems. We have seen cold days before, but nothing like this. Under the weak November sun, temperatures will slowly rise through the 20s. Winds do look a little calmer than previously thought. However, wind chills in the upper teens and low 20s will be common.

As we go into the afternoon, the heart of the cold air will be overhead. The sun will still warm us up, but only slightly. Highs for the holiday? Around freezing for most. Those on the mainland north of the White Horse Pike will only be in the 20s! Record minimum high temperatures for Nov. 22 at both Atlantic City International Airport and Cape May will be broken. At the airport, we will flirt with the coldest Thanksgiving on record. My forecast high of 31 would tie the record.

Temperatures will free fall Thursday night, aided by a calm wind and clear sky. If you will be doing late night or early morning Black Friday shopping, wear extra layers. Lows early Friday morning will be in the teens for most, and by that I mean the lows teens. The shore, aided by the mild ocean, will rise to about 20.

We’ll keep the plentiful sunshine in for the day Friday. As the brunt of the frigid air moves out, highs will begin their rebound. Still, topping out in the upper 30s still makes it feel like last-minute holiday shopping weather rather than Black Friday.

Temperatures will then climb overnight as the winds flip to a milder, onshore flow. Saturday will start with early sunshine but clouds quickly fill in ahead of our next system. We will catch the rainy outer fringe of a coastal storm Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Pockets of roadway flooding will be likely in the usual spots. We will need to watch for minor stage coastal flooding as well.

Finally, a very happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy your time with friends and family. If you will be cooking, I hope there’s just a little bit of time in the madness to relax.

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