November 2023 Forecast—Plus, Thanksgiving Day Predictions

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What we're predicting for November weather

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What is in store for November weather? What will the weather be like on Thanksgiving 2023? It’s a busy travel time! Will it rain or snow? See our extended forecast.

Will it rain or snow on Thanksgiving?

In 2023, this all-important American feast occurs on Thursday, November 23, with many Americans getting Thursday and Friday off from work for the holiday. This often means travel; Thanksgiving is one of the top times of the year to travel by road—over the river to grandmother’s house, we go!

On Thanksgiving, we expect rain along parts of the East Coast, dampening some football games. It may even be cold enough for some early-season snow to slow the trek in the interior parts of New England. 

Odds favor a sunny Thanksgiving and Black Friday from the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Upper Midwest down through the Deep South and Southern Plains—good weather if you prefer to deep-fry your turkey! 

There will be some rain and snow showers from the northern Plains to the Rockies, while sunshine is expected across the Desert Southwest. 

Some rain could dampen travel plans and shopping trips in the Pacific Northwest.

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Veteran’s Day Weather

For Veterans Day in the U.S. on the 11th, rain showers could dampen parades and celebrations across the eastern part of the country. The Sun will shine in the Deep South and much of the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and southern Plains regions. 

Rain and snow showers may occur from the northern Plains into the Rockies, and some rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest. The Southwest looks sunny but cool. 

On this Remembrance Day in Canada, a few rain and snow showers may appear in the Maritimes, contrasting with some sun across Quebec. Pockets of rain and snow will dot central and western Canada with some early season chill, while northern areas will be dry and frigid.

Also to the north, Canada’s Grey Cup game will take place at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, on November 19, where the weather looks chilly, with the potential for a rain or snow shower. Even though we expect it to be cold for this year’s event, it likely will not be as cold as last year when the Grey Cup was contested in Regina.

Overall November 2023 Forecast

Throughout November, colder-than-normal weather is expected in northern New England. However, we expect a warmer-than-normal month in much of the eastern third of the U.S. Temperatures will likely be near or below normal from the Upper Midwest to the northern Plains and over into the Rockies.

 November also looks to be a chillier-than-average month along the West Coast, while much of Alaska and Hawaii will be on the warmer side. Most of Canada will likely be on the colder side, with the best chances for near- to above-normal temperatures in southern parts of Ontario and in the Yukon. 

We look for the month to be drier than average across the interior Northeast, while the I-95 corridor will be stormier. Above-normal precipitation is likely in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, western Great Lakes, Upper Midwest, and Plains. The central Gulf Coast and much of the Southeast will also be on the wetter side, although much of Florida will be drier than usual. 

November will be on the wetter side from the Southwest up through the Rockies, while it will tend to be drier in the Pacific Northwest. In Canada, near- to below-average precipitation is expected from the Maritimes into Quebec and British Columbia. Above-normal precipitation looks likely from Ontario and the Prairies northward to the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

→ Now see YOUR region’s forecast with weekly weather condition summaries.
→ As we get within a week of the holiday weekend, keep an eye on our 5-day forecasts.

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Ready for Thanksgiving?

Here at the Almanac, we love Thanksgiving food! Here are some of our favorite recipes to cook (or request!) for the feast day, including tips on properly cooking a turkey so it’s moist and flavorful. 

Also, see our main Thanksgiving page for some holiday history, poetry, and folklore.

Winter is just around the corner! Prepare for the season by picking up your copy of The 2024 Old Farmer’s Almanac today.

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Bob Smerbeck and Brian Thompson

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