Thanksgiving 2020: Will rain hinder holiday celebrations?

 silive.com  11/22/2020 20:18:45   Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  Traditional holiday celebrations and meals with family and friends may look different this year amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and many will try to move their celebrations outdoors to adhere to social distancing guidelines  so long as the weather cooperates.

But according to AccuWeather.com, a storm system slated to trek across the nation in the days leading up to Thanksgiving will likely hinder any outdoor plans for residents up and down the East Coast of the United States. The same goes for Thanksgiving Day.

New York City residents should be prepared for wet weather during the day.

A storm system moving through the East Coast on Thanksgiving Day could force some people indoors who may have hoped otherwise. Places such as Boston, New York City and Philadelphia could all get dampened by rain, but if this storm moves along any quicker it may start to dry out later in the afternoon, said AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.

Staten Islanders can expect a mild day with rain and a high temperature of 62 degrees on Thursday, according to the weather service. Thats a far cry from just two years ago where temperatures failed to reach 30 degrees in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

Less than an inch of rain will fall on the borough over the course of five hours during the day. The rain should stop by late afternoon to evening, according to AccuWeather.com.

Rain is also expected on Monday with a high of 57 degrees, followed by sunny and cloudy days on Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s. As for the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, temperatures will remain in the 50s.

CDC GUIDANCE ON THANKSGIVING

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance when it comes to celebrating Turkey Day  citing how small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

The CDC said that celebrating virtually or with members of your own household  who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19  poses the lowest risk of spread of the deadly illness.

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In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students who are returning home, pose varying risk levels.

The CDC is strongly urging people to avoid higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Those activities include: going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving; participating or being a spectator at a crowded race; attending crowded parades; attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household; and using alcohol or drugs that may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.

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