Why Thanksgiving, Black Friday were so cold in the Pioneer Valley

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This chill is far from normal for this time of year. 

Thanksgiving Day, the high temperature only reached 20 degrees, when normally that’s supposed to hit the upper 40s.

Black Friday, the high was forecast only around 30 degrees. And locals to the Pioneer Valley are taking notice to the chill. 

“I think it is freezing,” Laurie Long visiting from Boston told 22News. “I cannot believe how it seemed to have gone from summer right into winter.”

While we saw record cold for Thanksgiving Day and very chilly temperatures for Black Friday, there is a break in the extreme cold coming soon.

Black Friday will finish as the last day in the stretch of brutal cold since November 17, the last time we made it into the 40s.

Saturday, high temperatures will once again reach the low 40s, and on Sunday, we’ll climb near 50 degrees. 

The Black Friday chill didn’t stop some people from getting their Christmas trees.

“I am freezing. I’m just holding the wreath going into the register, my fingers were frozen,” explained Pam Long from South Hadley. “So I’m happy that I found a tree quickly, and I’ll be getting into my nice, warm car.”

You can blame the chill on the jet stream, a river of strong winds high in the atmosphere that separates cold air in the north from the warmer air to the south.

Sometimes, it dips down farther than normal, surging cold air right into New England.

That phenomenon was strong enough to dip temperatures nearly 30 degrees below average on Thanksgiving in Springfield. 

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