Winds Not Expected To Affect Floats
Sunshine is anticipated with temperatures starting out around 34F and rising into the lower 40s later in the day, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
“It will get windy for a time from Wednesday into Wednesday night, which may pose a problem if the massive balloons are inflated and held during that time,” Abrams said. “Winds are likely to ease up late Wednesday night into Thanksgiving morning.”
If wind speeds are determined to be too high, then the parade will not incorporate the iconic giant balloons due to safety concerns.
Macy’s Parade spokesman Orlando Veras previously told AccuWeather that when wind speeds exceed 23 mph and gusts surpass 34 mph, giant balloons cannot be operated due to city regulations.
The wind for the day is expected to average 6 to 12 mph with gusts under 15 mph. The wind may be locally higher due to the funneling effect between the tall buildings, according to Abrams.
However, on Wednesday night when they blow up the balloons for the event, the wind speeds may be higher and exceed the limit.
While the parade should remain rain-free, those traveling into the city may experience the wet weather that is leading up to Thanksgiving.
This year’s parade will include many of its old traditions as well as five new balloons and floats, including Parade Day Mischief by Sour Patch Kids and Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s.
The parade begins at 9 a.m., EST. It is televised live on NBC. Special guest stars include Gwen Stefani, Martha Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg.