The National Weather Service’s U.S. forecast map is draped in alarming shades of pink, purple and red, reflecting winter storm warnings that are in effect from California to Michigan. And the bad weather is expected to last: The winter storm warning posted by the NWS office in Las Vegas will remain in effect from 5 p.m. PT Tuesday through 4 a.m. PT Friday.
(CNN)According to AAA, 55 million people are expected to take to the roads, rails and skies during Thanksgiving week. But three big storms could slow your roll to grandma’s house. Do keep in mind that Thanksgiving is a week away, and the forecast can change. But as of now, here’s an early look at what you can expect.
A Storm will lash the East this weekendA storm affecting the Southeast on Friday will ride up the eastern seaboard through the weekend affecting travel through Sunday.
- Friday, showers and storms stretch through East Texas, Louisiana and much of the Southeast. There could be airport delays in Houston, Memphis and Jackson, with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible.
- Saturday, rain continues to push east, bringing rain and snow to the Ohio Valley and heavy rain to the Southeast. By the afternoon, rain starts moving into the mid-Atlantic. There could be airport delays in New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, DC and Philadelphia. Rain of 1 to 2 inches is possible.
- Sunday, rain continues for the Northeast with snow for portions of the Ohio Valley and west of I-95. Airport delays will include DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Rain of 1 to 2 inches is possible with gusty winds.
PITTSBURGH, PA – We all know that unfortunate feeling. It’s Thanksgiving morning, relatives are coming over and you’ve spent days preparing and making lists for your family feast, only to realize you forgot to buy the cranberry sauce or the whipped cream to top the pie. Plenty of grocery stores will be open across the Pittsburgh area for your last-minute shopping needs.
Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, along with a list of those that won’t.
- Giant Eagle: Closes at 4 p.m.
- Market District: Closes at 4 p.m.
- GetGo: Normal hours (gas-only locations will close at 4 p.m.).
- Shop’n Save: Hours vary by location. Check with your local store for closing time.
- Whole Foods, Wexford: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Whole Foods, Upper St. Clair: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Whole Foods, East Liberty: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rite Aid: Most stores are open 24 hours.
- Target: All stores are open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Walmart: Open normal hours for grocery shoppers on Thanksgiving, but check with stores for variation. Black Friday deals start at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, online and 6 p.m. Thanksgiving in store.
Closed Thanksgiving Day:
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joe’s
What’s a right recipe? Well, we always use Julia Child’s garlic mashed potatoes presented in her trusty and timeless “Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1” from 1961.
Yukon Gold potatoes are the inarguably best potatoes to mash instead of the Russets in Julia’s recipe. Yukon Gold potatoes were not widely available until 20 years after Julia’s recipe was published. You can’t easily over-cook potatoes meant for mashing, but they can be undercooked so make sure they are easily split with a fork before mixing and use room-temperature, real butter.
Of course, preparation is much easier with a formidable stand mixer such as a Kitchen Aid model, but the beauty of mashed potatoes as an American staple is that they can also be made easily with an electric hand mixer or even a good old-fashioned potato masher. Should you have access to the two latter tools, mix the potatoes on the stove on low heat while mixing in the cream and butter.