Bill Henley

Frigid Holiday: First Alert for Extreme Cold

A First Alert for extreme cold is in effect for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Cold turkey!

That’s how it’s going to feel on Thanksgiving weekend as an Arctic blast moves in for the holiday that could shatter a record for cold that has stood for more than a century.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team issued a First Alert for extreme cold for the entire region through the morning of Black Friday. 

"It's going to be a shock to the system" since our bodies aren't used to the cold, meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.

So wear the heavy coat, scarf and gloves if you are heading out on Friday.

“If you don’t start bundled up you are going to have problems,” Bill said.

The high temps will actually reach the 30s under sunny skies later on Black Friday, but the slight breeze will make it feel colder.

The coldest Thanksgiving high temperature in Philly's history was 1901 when it reached only 27 degrees. 

Winds began to pick up Wednesday as temps dipped Wednesday night.

The chilly temps continued into Friday morning. 

The temperatures will rise to begin your Saturday morning. But, those traveling Saturday could find some problems as wet weather moves in later in the day. But, Bill says temps should warm into the 50s meaning rain is most likely.

Dry and warmer on Sunday with more showers possible on Monday.

Keep checking back with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on NBC10 News on television and in our app throughout Thanksgiving weekend for the latest on the bitter cold and showers to come.

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