Thanksgiving in Maine can feature a variety of weather conditions. The coldest Turkey Day on record was back in 1978. That year Portland experience a low temperature of 7 degrees. The warmest on record was 1933 with a high surging to 66 degrees at the Portland Jetport.
Portland averages over an inch of snow for the month of November. You might remember Thanksgiving 2014 with nearly a foot of wet snow on the ground. The Portland Jetport received over 8″ the day prior with Lewiston reporting 15″.
The snowiest Thanksgiving on record in Portland occurred in 1971 with 5 inches accumulating. 5 inches of snow was also recorded in Lewistion/Auburn. This was the front page of the Sun Journal the following morning.
Portland has a 10% chance of having a white Thanksgiving (at least 1″ of snow on the ground). Those percentages shoot up to about 60% by Christmas.
Portland’s annual Portland-Deering Turkey Bowl Football game has been cancelled only once due to snow in 1920.
So this Thanksgiving is looking cool. Some flakes will be flying for parts of the state, but no big storms are expected. The pattern will remain unsettled Friday into the weekend with more rain, wintry mix, and snow. Stay tuned to the forecast and have a happy Thanksgiving.