Warm, windy Thanksgiving for Metro Detroit

Thomas Greenwood
The Detroit News

It looks like Thursday’s Thanksgiving’s Day menu will include a side dish of warm and windy weather.

According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday and Thursday are looking quiet and dry.

“At least until Thursday night into Friday when rain moves into the area,” said meteorologist Gregg Mann, working from the White Lake Township station.

“The high for Wednesday will be in the low to mid 40s, but the high for Thanksgiving will be in the low to mid 50s. It will be really nice compared to the snow we saw last week.”

Things are also looking good for those with travel plans for Thanksgiving.

A check of the arrival/departure list for Detroit Metropolitan Airport for Wednesday morning shows green all across the board with no cancellations listed.

In fact, a check of flight traffic status nationally at flightstats.com shows green at every major U.S. airport.

“We had a busy day Tuesday and we’ll have another busy day today,” said Metropolitan Airport spokesman Michael Conway.

“But it’s nothing we can’t handle. TSA staffs up the check points to keep things moving along and the airlines usually add personnel for check-in.”

The major choking point at the airport is expected to be at the arrivals curb.

“Security personnel are making sure that the load and unload rules are strictly enforced,” Conway said.

“To avoid that kind of crunch, we urge visitors to utilize the cellphone lots and short-term parking.”

According to Conway, the airport has recently added new digital technology to make it easier for visitors to navigate their way around the airport.

“We just recently install 23 huge, 98 inch ultra-high display screens throughout the McNamara Terminal,” Conway said.

“All you have to do is put your boarding pass up against the screen and it will plot out the shortest trip to your gate.”

Those taking to the road will enjoy the lowest gasoline prices in months. According to the AAA of Michigan fuel gauge report, the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $1.87.

At the same time in 2014, the state-wide average for that same gallon of gasoline was $2.90. The national average for a gallon of regular is $2.05.

According to gasbuddy.com, the lowest prices for gasoline in the metro area as of Tuesday include:

■ $1.55 at the Valero station at 11694 Greenfield, Detroit.

■ $1.57 at the Citgo station at Citgo at Ford and Gulley, Dearborn.

■ $1.59 at the Marathon at 23465 Ford, Dearborn.

■ $1.59 at the Speedway at 28410 Gratiot, Roseville.


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Extended forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 47.

Wednesday night: There is a 40 percent chance of rain after 2 a.m. The low will be about 41.

Thanksgiving Day: There is a 50 percent chance of rain with a high of about 51.

Thursday night: Rain likely after 3 a.m. with a low temperature of about 46.

Friday: Rainy, breezy and a high of 49.

Friday night: There is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers before 1 a.m. The low will be about 28.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and 39.

Saturday night: Cloudy and 26.

Sunday: Sunny and 40.

Sunday night: Cloudy and 29.