Black Friday Forecast: Storm may pester shoppers from Texas to Michigan

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By ALEX SOSNOWSKI, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist

Wet weather with areas of ice and snow will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.

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Black Friday Forecast: Storm may pester shoppers from Texas to Michigan
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27: A highway worker tries to shield himself while walking to his truck on December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas. Coming on the heels of several strong tornadoes, some northern parts of Texas are experiencing blizzard conditions with wind gusts up to 50 mph and as much as 13 inches of snow forecast. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
NEDERLAND, CO - DECEMBER 15: Steve Hauser plows snow in the Caribou Shopping Center in Nederland, Colorado on December 15, 2015. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NEDERLAND, CO - DECEMBER 15: A yellow lab waits patiently in his owner's snowy old truck along East 1st Street in Nederland, Colorado on December 15, 2015. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day. The dog looked warm and didn't wait long in the car as his owner returned shortly after an errand in the town. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DEC. 15: Anna Renton, 7, right, relaxes while neighbor Graham Langner, 7, has a snow fight with his nanny, Ashely Kish.The Denver metro area received more snow than expected overnight, closing schools across the city with some areas measuring a foot of snow by the early morning. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - DECEMBER 15: Crut Liles clears snow from his walkways outside his home in Lakewood, December, 15, 2015. Many schools in the area are closed due to the snow storm. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DEC. 15: A CDOT crew runs their plow truck southbound on Colorado Blvd. near E. 13th Ave. in Denver. The Denver metro area received more snow than expected overnight, closing schools across the city with some areas measuring a foot of snow by the early morning. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Al Frelk walks his dog, Shiba, 10, in Lords Park in Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Asked about the snow, Frelk said, 'It's beautiful, but can be tough to drive in. Though Shiba has been waiting 9 months for this.' The first winter storm of the season dropped more than 10 inches of snow at numerous Chicagoland locations. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Snow hit the Denver metro area having an impact on air travel at Denver International Airport. They were clearing out from the snow on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Raul Hernandez shovels snow in the economy lot. Hernandez and his crew had worked all night to clear snow. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Nelli, a student at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, shovels snow during a Veteran's Day snow storm the moved into the area overnight, November, 11, 2015. Lakewood got almost 3 inches in some areas form the storm. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 11: A blanket of white snow covers Fort Logan National Cemetery during a Veteran's Day snow storm the moved into the area overnight, November, 11, 2015. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
MONUMENT, CO. - November 17: Bob Swift clearing his driveway of a deep drift of snow in Monument, CO. November 17, 2015 Monument, CO (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
An above-average amount of snow covers a small cabin near where the first snow survey of winter conducted by the California Department of Water Resources in Phillips, California December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
Cameron Shonnard backflips a jump at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California, December 5, 2015. An El Nino is forecasted for California, and regular precipitation has been welcomed after years of drought. REUTERS/Max Whittaker TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fresh snow clings to trees near Big Bend, California, December 4, 2015. An El Nino is forecasted for California, and regular precipitation has been welcomed after years of drought. Picture taken December 4. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
The U.S. Capitol dome can be seen behind piles of snow removed from parking areas and walkways around the Capitol grounds in Washington January 26, 2016. The snowbound Washington area was resuming partial business on Tuesday as trains and buses restarted near-normal service, while federal offices remained closed following a massive blizzard that hammered the U.S. East Coast. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Floodwaters cover Green Avenue after a winter storm in Manasquan, New Jersey, January 24, 2016. A morning high tide surge of 2 feet followed snowfall of about 2 feet in the first major storm of the season. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
A couple poses for a photo on a snow pile during a snow storm in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/15: Snow is once again falling across Washington, D.C on Monday, 15 February 2016. The bitter cold was replaced by snow, sleet and rain Monday in the mid-Atlantic states and the South, but many residents were able to hunker down at home with federal offices and many businesses closed for Washington's Birthday. (Photo by Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A barn painted with the U.S. flag is seen in the snow covered field in Kanawha, Iowa, United States, January 16, 2016. Iowa will be the first state to hold its primary, with both Democratic and Republican events being held February 1, 2016. Picture taken January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Police officers gather outside the Montgomery County Courthouse, where actor and comedian Bill Cosby will arrive for a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges, in Norristown, Pennsylvania February 2, 2016. Cosby has been charged with the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball team manager at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby's alma mater. REUTERS/Mark Makela REUTERS/Mark Makela
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Shoppers and those maintaining a vigil for first crack at bargains in Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit will likely face soaking rain from Thanksgiving night through part or all of Friday.

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Low cloud ceilings, areas of fog and downpours could cause airline delays and force motorists to slow down.

The rain can be heavy enough to cause localized urban flooding. More serious flooding may develop from southern Missouri to central Texas as the long holiday weekend progresses.

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Shoppers in Cleveland; Buffalo, New York; and Cincinnati may get through Friday morning with nothing more than spotty showers before steadier rain arrives in the afternoon.

In most cases, the rain will end before the air gets cold enough for snow or ice. However, there will be some exceptions associated with black ice.

Slippery roads and sidewalks are possible due to the potential for freezing rain, drizzle and sleet in a swath from northeastern New Mexico to Iowa.

Cities that could experience slippery conditions Thursday night into Friday include Amarillo, Texas; Wichita, Dodge City and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; and Des Moines, Iowa.

The icy conditions can also develop as falling temperatures cause wet areas to freeze in the wake of prior rain or wet snow from the central Plains to the Upper Midwest.

During Thursday night and Friday morning, shoppers in the Minneapolis area may have to slip and slide through slush and ice in the wake of the Thanksgiving Day snow.

Farther west in the northern tier states, dry and chilly weather is in store across the Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota.

High pressure will extend a swath of sunshine from Maine to Georgia and much of Florida and Louisiana.

Following a chilly start to the week, warmth will hold through late week across much of the eastern third of the nation.

Unless shoppers plan on waiting in lines during the early morning chill, they may be able to leave their coat in the car. Afternoon temperatures will rebound to the 50s F near the Canada border, the 60s in much of the mid-Atlantic and near 70 over the interior South.

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The only exceptions to dry and sunny conditions will be right along the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina, where spotty showers can develop.

The weather should not interfere with shopping plans in Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; Atlanta; Nashville, New Orleans; Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.

In the wake of the storm set to produce snow from the coastal Northwest to the Rockies during the first half of the week, a spell of mainly dry and chilly weather will expand over the West to end the week.

Shoppers and travelers in the cities of Seattle; San Francisco; Los Angeles; San Diego; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Pendleton, Oregon; and Boise, Idaho; can expect dry conditions. However, early morning shoppers may want to bring along a coat as temperatures will average 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

A few pockets of heavy snow will remain over parts of ski country in the central and southern Rockies.

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Shoppers will need to exercise caution when heading out to plazas and malls.

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