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Thanksgiving showers expected in time for pie and coffee

It's supposed to rain Thursday evening, but drowsiness wrought by tryptophan in the Thanksgiving turkey and other goodies might keep some North Texans from noticing.

There is a 50 percent chance for precipitation Thanksgiving evening, said Dan Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

But the showers might not arrive until it's time to serve pie and coffee.

"Rain should be around in the evening," Shoemaker said, "but the best chance for it will be midnight to sunrise (on Friday)."

The daytime forecast on Thursday calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 67, the weather service said.

Rain, however, is expected to develop as a new cold front pushes south and connects with moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of southerly winds that will appear Tuesday night, Shoemaker said.

The winds, however, have a lot of work to do in the meantime.

"We're pretty well scoured right now," Shoemaker said on Tuesday, "but the winds will be out of the south for the next couple of days.

"When the cold air pushes under the moisture, it will cause some rain to bust out."

Meanwhile, Tuesday will be sunny with a high in the low 70s and an overnight low in the mid 40s, according to the weather service.

Wednesday will be a couple degrees warmer, but partly cloudy.

Wednesday night will be calm but winds will shift from the north and northeast on Thursday, between 5 and 10 mph, and those winds will continue through Friday, the weather service said.

Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, holds a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms with high temperatures near 56 and lows around 38.

But shoppers shouldn't fret that, Shoemaker said, because there is no wintry weather in this week's forecast.

Saturday will be considerably brighter, with sunny skies and a high near 61, although Sunday will be cloudy with a high around 55, the weather service said.