Thanksgiving Climatology In The Twin Cities (courtesy of the MN State Climatology Office)
Because Thanksgiving Day occurs at the transition period between autumn and winter, Thanksgiving weather can be balmy to brutal. A typical Thanksgiving Day in the Twin Cities has high temperatures in the 30's and at least a bit of filtered sunshine.
Having a mild day in the 50's on Thanksgiving Day is relatively rare, looking at the historical record back to 1891. A maximum of 50 or more has happened only nine times in 116 years, or about once every 13 years or so. The warmest Thanksgiving Day is a tie of 62 degrees set in 1914 and 1922. The mildest recent Thanksgiving Day is 58 degrees on November 26, 1998.
On the other side of the spectrum, it is common to have a high temperature below 32. The average Thanksgiving Day temperature is right around freezing. What about extremely cold Thanksgivings? It is about as likely to have a minimum at or below zero on Thanksgiving Day, as it is to have a maximum of 50 or above. It has occurred eight times in the past 115 years. The coldest Thanksgiving Day temperature is eight degrees below zero. This has happened three times, 1893, 1905 and 1985.
Measurable snow fell on 25 of the past Thanksgivings back to 1891, about every five years or so. The most snow that fell on Thanksgiving was five inches in 1970.
Historically, about one in three Thanksgivings have at least one inch of snow on the ground. The deepest snow pack is a tie with 1921 and 1983, both with 10 inches on the ground by Turkey Day.
The last time there was an inch of snow on the ground in the Twin Cities on Thanksgiving Day? 2000.
It occasionally rains on Thanksgiving Day as well. In 1896, a two-day event in the Twin Cities doused Thanksgiving travelers with nearly three inches of rain
Thanksgiving Day Weather in the Twin Cities since 1983:
Wednesday Numbers. Yes, that was the sun up there, visible for a few hours during the morning hours before clouds filled back in. Highs ranged from 33 at Alexandria and 34 at St. Cloud to 37 in the Twin Cities, 41 at Eau Claire. With highs just above freezing every day MSP is down to only 2" snow on the ground.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Low: 28