After the East Coast storm rumbles up the coast to hamper Thanksgiving travel, the weather will be a lot quieter for Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
No major storms are expected in the United States, only cold air out of Canada for the eastern part of the country, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Thursday night will be the chilliest for shoppers who wait outside for the doors to open Black Friday deals, particularly in the interior Northeast, Samuhel said.
"The AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature will be subzero in parts of the Northeast," Samuhel said. "The cold will be felt down South and West as well. Thursday night's low will be 32 degrees in Houston; that's impressive."
Some stores are opening Thanksgiving evening, but others will be opening as late as 5 a.m. Friday. The staggered start will give enclosed malls an opportunity to shelter customers who would normally wait outside for Black Friday to start.
Joy Weidel, spokeswoman for the Logan Valley Mall, Altoona, Pa., and Nittany Mall, State College, Pa., said while more than half of the stores there will open early, other shoppers can stay inside to wait out of the cold.
The malls plan refreshments and other activities for shoppers as they shop or wait -- a fun, interactive evening, Weidel said.
There may be lake-effect snow showers in the traditional Snow Belt region and the possibility of rain showers and cooler temperatures in Southern California from Los Angeles to San Francisco.