The Starting 5: Thanksgiving Parade, Football, Black Friday Sales, Store Hours and Travel Weather

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Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a lovely break, enjoying the stuffing as much as all the sales. We'll be back on Monday.

Here's what you need to know this holiday weekend:

It's Wild Out There

Be careful if you're hitting the roads or headed to the airport today across much of the country as high winds and heavy rainfall and snow set in. The weather is "becoming increasingly unsettled from the West Coast to the Midwest," the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center warned yesterday. Rain and hail are expected in northwest California and southwest Oregon and high wind watches are in effect for parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley. Denver International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may be affected by heavy snow. If you're traveling, check your flight status.

Denver International Airport Snow 2006
Snow movers work to clear the runways at Denver International Airport December 22, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. DIA could face flight cancellations from heavy snow this Thanksgiving. Thomas Cooper/Getty Images/Getty

Hot Air

If your family traditions involve watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then tune into NBC or CBS from 9 a.m. ET to watch the festivities begin. The 92nd annual parade will include new characters from Green Eggs and Ham while the much-loved Snoopy balloon has an astronaut-themed makeover. The Smokey Bear float is also set to return for the first time since 1993 to celebrate the character's 75th birthday. While snow isn't on the forecast, high winds could cause some of the biggest balloons to be grounded. Organizers will wait until tomorrow morning to decide if astronaut Snoopy and friends will take off, but either way the show will go on.

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Balloons at 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018 in New York City. Gotham/FilmMagic/Getty

Kick Off

Aside from the Super Bowl, tomorrow is arguably one of the biggest days of football all year and a tradition in and of itself. In 2018, more than 78 million viewers watched the three Thanksgiving Day NFL games. This year's 11-hour football marathon lineup will be spread across three networks: Detroit Lions host Chicago Bears at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX; Dallas Cowboys host Buffalo Bills at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS; and Atlanta Falcons host New Orleans Saints at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

And be in front of your TV on Sunday 1 p.m. ET on FOX, when the San Francisco 49ers are heading to Baltimore to try to end the Ravens' seven-game winning streak. But all eyes will be on the Ravens' unstoppable quarterback Lamar Jackson who is set to show the East Coast visitors why he's the MVP favorite.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson
Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens delivers a pass against the defense of the Los Angeles Rams during the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/Getty

Shop 'Til You Drop

Black Friday this year looks to be as big as ever as retailers hope for a big injection of cash ahead of the Christmas shopping season. With more stores launching early sales, Newsweek has done the work for you and compiled the best deals at Amazon, Macy's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Sam's Club, Ulta and CVS. Last year's online sales pulled in a record high of $6.22 billion, up nearly 25% from 2017, and are likely to take in even more from our wallets this year.

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People rush through the doors of the Herald Square Macy's Flag ship store for the early Black Friday sales on November 22, 2018 in New York City. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/Getty

Open Doors

Like a Macy's parade balloon caught in a windtunnel, stores' Thanksgiving hours can seem completely unpredictable. If you run out of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, Safeway, Kroger and Fairway Market will be open for a last-minute dash, while Trader Joe's, Sam's Club and Publix are closed. If you burn the turkey, McDonald's, Wendy's and IHOP should all be open as well. For die-hard sales shoppers, Target will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and Walmart will follow suit an hour later. And because Black Friday isn't a federal holiday, banks and post offices will be back open on November 29.

McDonald's Restaurant in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/Getty