Thanksgiving climate in Syracuse: historically a cornucopia of potentialities

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 / 12:47 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 21, 2020 / 12:47 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Fall weather in Central New York is known for its wild swings and Thanksgiving weather is no exception. The weather for Thanksgiving Day in Syracuse has ranged from highs in the 60s to more than 5 inches of new snow on the ground!

You may remember the year the turkey was extra dry or the year your Aunt made THE BEST apple pie. But, how about the year that was the coldest on record? To find that, you won’t have to go back too far in time…

Just two years ago, the high temperature was only 16 degrees, the low was 5 degrees. We also had more than half an inch of new snow on the ground that Thanksgiving.

Digging a little deeper into that cornucopia of memories, back when Windows 1.0 was released, if you were around Syracuse in 1985, you experienced the snowiest of Thanksgivings. A total of 5.5″ of snow fell that day (November 28), giving Central New Yorker’s an instant opportunity to work off all the turkey, potatoes and pie.

About 27% of Thanksgivings in Syracuse have had measurable snow. About 21% of Thanksgivings were white with measurable snow on the ground.

The wettest Thanksgiving was way back in 1921, when more than half an inch of precipitation fell. About 58% of our Thanksgivings feature rain and/or snow.

Grandma and grandpa might remember Thanksgiving 1941, it was the warmest on record with a high of 66 degrees. We’ve had 8 other Thanksgivings with highs in the 60s, the most recent was 2012.

Records for Syracuse date back to 1902.


HIGH: 43.1

LOW: 29.6


This year doesn’t look like it’ll make the weather record books. Temperatures for CNY on Thanksgiving are projected to be at or a little above average. No snow this year, but maybe a few rain showers.

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