Past Thanksgiving Weather Impacts | Weather
It looks like Thanksgiving this year will feel more like an average late October day, rather than late November. Sunshine and highs in the upper 60s will be the case for most of north and central Georgia.
While measureable snow has never happened in Atlanta on Thanksgiving, we have had the impacts from quite a large snow storm before. The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 happened on Thanksgiving Day and lasted through the weekend. Several cities in Georgia broke their all-time record lows during those days with Columbus bottoming out at 10°F, Augusta getting down to 11°F, and Atlanta making it all the way down to 3°F which still holds the record for all time record low in November.
On the opposite spectrum of snow, we have had two very impressive severe weather storms during the week of Thanksgiving in 2001 and 2004. Back on November 24th, 2001, just two days after Thanksgiving, nickel size hail was reported throughout Dade County. Trees were down in both Chattooga and Polk counties, and street signs were knocked down and scattered throughout Polk County as well.
Then, just three years later on November 23-24, 2004 a severe weather outbreak hit the southeastern United States. A total of 84 tornadoes were reported during that 48 hour time span, with four fatalities, and almost two dozen injuries. There was a tornado in Bullock county on the 24th with some building damage, but thankfully no fatalities. Trees and power lines were reported down in over a dozen Georgia counties including Fulton, Cherokee, and Douglas, just to name a few. There was also significant structural damage in Heard, Henry, and Hall counties. One man in Gainesville was injured due to some of that structural damage in Hall County.
Again, while the high temperature this Thanksgiving will be almost 10 degrees above normal, the weather should remain calm otherwise, and not make an impact on holiday travel.