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Millions in South Face the Coldest Thanksgiving in Years

Residents and visitors in the South for the Thanksgiving holiday will face the coldest Thanksgiving in years in the wake of recent heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The turkey and landscape will be cold Thanksgiving morning with many areas having their lowest temperatures so far this season.

A frost and freeze will reach into new territory for the season so far in the Deep South, reaching the Gulf coast and into portions of central Florida.

Some unprotected fruits and vegetables grown in north-central Florida could be at risk.

Temperatures during the cold wave will dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal and will challenge record lows in some locations.

According to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker, "Since 1985, only two Thanksgiving days failed to reach 70 degrees in Tampa."

A high of 65 is forecast in Tampa, Fla., this Thanksgiving.

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"Prior chilly Thanksgiving days in Tampa include a high of 67 degrees on Nov. 28, 2002, and a high of 68 degrees on Nov. 23, 2000," Walker said.

For folks hitting theme parks and golf courses in Florida, it is definitely jacket and long-sleeve weather, especially for the morning and evening hours.

However, temperatures will rebound Friday into the weekend with dry weather and clear skies forecast for much of the region.

The only potential inclement weather for visitors and residence along Florida's east coast will be clouds, spotty showers and rough surf.

Temperature Forecast for Several Cities

City
High Thursday
Atlanta
47
Charlotte, N.C.
43
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
47
Mobile, Ala.
53
Orlando, Fla.
66
New Orleans
52
Jackson, Miss.
50