Expect record cold Thanksgiving morning

Talk about going cold turkey.

Thanksgiving Day is expected to dawn as the coldest on record in Santa Rosa, dipping to 26 degrees overnight as an arctic blast from Canada continues to blanket the West with a deep freeze.

"Cold, colder. It's going to be cold," said Steve Anderson, meteorologist forecaster at the National Weather Service.

The new low would break the previous Santa Rosa record of 27 degrees set in 1952. Overnight lows will nip at record territory again tonight, dipping to a frigid 27 degrees as the arctic chill lingers.

The good news is that things should thaw out by the time the turkey is served, with clear blue skies and sunshine coaxing the mercury up to 57 degrees by midday.

It will be OK to have a warm fire during the cold day and night. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said there will be no Winter Spare the Air Alert issued for Thanksgiving.

But air quality officials urged people to refrain from wood burning, noting that if weather conditions trap smoke near the ground, a Spare the Air Alert could be issued by 2 p.m. today, which would ban burning for a full 24 hours on Friday.

The cold air settled in on Wednesday, bringing a low of 29 degrees at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, but practically a heat wave compared to the minus 8 in Truckee or the 20 below in a northern Idaho town.

"It was minus 8 at my house this morning. The dogs' feet were freezing to the road. They couldn't walk very far," said Truckee resident Stefanie Olivieri.

The coldest spot Wednesday was 35 below in Calgary, Canada. But that's there.

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