Thaw to Follow Coldest Thanksgiving in 100+ Years

Photos in order of appearance by Jason Boatman of Herrick Township (Bradford County), Janie Stabinsky of Windham Township, Jim Bartels of Meshoppen Township, and Kim Aylesworth of Nicholson (all Wyoming County).

Residents of the Endless Mountains awoke to the coldest morning yet this winter season. Bright sunshine did little to boost temperatures that were still in the teens as noon approached.

According to WBRE/WYOU, today’s temperatures will top out at about five degrees below the previously set “record low highs” for this date, making it both the coldest November 22 and the coldest Thanksgiving for much of northeastern United States.

Low temperatures for the overnight hours should also be well below previous records, let alone nearly 25 degrees below the average. Looking back at some local statistics, November 22 & 23 were also quite frigid in 1969, 1987 and 2014.

Random Low Temperature Records that should fall overnight:

Towanda 11 (1969) / Meshoppen 8 (1987) / Laporte 4 (1969) / Wyalusing 11 (1969) / Tunkhannock 15 (2014) / Montrose 8 (1987) / Dushore 6 (1987) / Troy 8 (1987) / Forest City 5 (1969) / Sayre 11 (1969) / Factoryville 14 (2014) / Forksville 7 (1987)

There is a bright spot on the horizon, especially for those of us who did not take care of everything that needed to be moved and stored before this freeze set in. Temperatures will begin to warm on Saturday, and evening rains will begin to erode the crust that is now holding everything in place. Sunday looks downright balmy in the mid to upper 40s. The first day of buck rifle season looks soggy and temperate. After that, a fairly normal weather pattern will take hold.

The long-term forecast follows:

Thursday: 20/5 partly cloudy

Friday: 30/20 sunny

Saturday: 44/35 pm rain

Sunday: 48/37 cloudy

Monday: 44/32 showers

Tuesday: 35/28 partly cloudy

Wednesday: 35/30 cloudy

Thursday: 35/30 cloudy

Friday: 38/30 cloudy

Saturday: 37/30 cloudy

The weather report is based on expected conditions at approximately 1,100 ft elevation in Meshoppen Township, Wyoming County, near the center of the Endless Mountains region. Residents of river towns can generally expect slightly higher temperatures, while those at higher elevations may experience lower temperatures. Send your Weather Window photos to Try to include a good horizontal/panoramic shot.

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