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Timeline: Tracking Thanksgiving Day rain

A strong cold front will bring early holiday rain chances to Central Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — You might want to dust off your rain gear while you're thawing out your turkey, because we're tracking rain chances for Thanksgiving.

The KVUE Storm Team is tracking a strong cold front Thanksgiving Day. This system is expected to bring scattered rain chances, breezy conditions and cooler temperatures just in time for the holiday.

If you're planning on hitting the road early for a lunchtime Thanksgiving destination, you'll want to factor in a little extra time to accommodate for any rain you might run into on the way. 

The good news is that forecast models are currently trending toward rain for only the first half of the holiday. The bad news is this means less than ideal conditions for the Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. Participants should expect scattered rain chances along with temperatures ranging from the upper-50s to lower-60s for the event. Temperatures are only expected to reach the mid-60s for Thanksgiving afternoon.

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Storm timeline

9 a.m. - The system moves east of the Interstate 35 corridor, including Austin. Scattered showers move south. Winds will pick up, gusting 30 mph at times. 

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Late morning - The front moves into our southeastern counties and conditions quickly clear from northwest to southeast throughout the afternoon. The heaviest showers and storms occur further east. It stays breezy and cool. 

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 While severe weather is not expected at this time, some areas east of I-35 could receive anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rainfall within a few hours. 

Go ahead and get your winter sweaters ready, because chilly conditions move in behind the front. This means you'll definitely need a coat if you're heading out for any Black Friday shopping. Temperatures will start in the 30s and 40s to kick off the day. Afternoon high temperatures on Friday are only expected to reach the upper 50s to lower 60s. 

The KVUE Storm Team will continue to closely monitor the forecast over the weekend as a system could potentially bring an isolated shower chance late Saturday into early Sunday.

Here is a look at your extended forecast.

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