Numerous last few Thanksgivings have been shirt-sleeve weather but this year it will seem more like a January deep freeze thanks to arctic air moving in from the Great Lakes.
"The coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere right now is in Canada and that's what's coming", said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services. This year, with a current high of 26 degrees projected for Thursday, the city is potentially on track to beat that 117-year-old record.
Accuweather says the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be buffeted by wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour with temperatures feeling 10 to 20 degrees below zero.
Even with a sunny sky forecast on Thursday, little warming is expected throughout the day.
The temperatures on Thanksgiving will be around 25 degrees below normal.
As of this writing, the projected high for Thanksgiving Day 2018 is 27 degrees.
The coldest air in North America is coming to NY and Boston for Thanksgiving, and driving up power prices in the Northeast. The wind chill will drop as low as 2 degrees below zero.
In addition, strong northwesterly winds will whip up freshly fallen snow and cause sudden very low visibility in blowing and drifting snow. More updates will follow as we get closer to this storm system.
Thursday's storm is expected to deliver 3-8 inches of snow in mountain areas above elevations around 5,500-6,000 feet.
Two low-pressure systems should deliver light snow or rain showers from the Great Lakes into the Northeast.
Flights in and out of JFK Airport could also be delayed because of the gales, as a blast of Arctic air arrives from Canada.