RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Central North Carolina is currently living through the driest November on record so far, but our best chance of rain in a long time could come right before Thanksgiving next week during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

The days of highest impact to us in Central North Carolina look like Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday. It’s rain that is much needed, as drought has rapidly spread across the state the past couple months.

We could get an inch or more of rain out of this system; it’s one of the more potent ones we’ve seen thus far this fall.

Right now, it looks like the front will push east into the Atlantic by Wednesday afternoon, leaving us drier and much cooler for Thanksgiving itself. Highs will top out only in the low-50s, making it the coolest Thanksgiving since 2018!

Our Thanksgiving weather history has been pretty wild over the years. In 1934 we had four inches of rain in the Triangle. More than three inches of snow fell in 1912.

Our warmest Thanksgiving ever in the Triangle was 78 degrees in 1985 and our coldest was 20° in 1892. Last year in the Triangle, Thanksgiving was dry with a morning temperature of 36° and a high of 66°.

It also looks like we could be contending with another rain maker on Black Friday and Saturday, but those details are still a little hazy. Stay with the Storm Team for the latest forecast!