The Dr. Seuss Grinch and Max balloon floats down Central Park West and into Columbus Circle during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2017 in New York City.

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Bitter cold, high winds expected to greet spectators during Thanksgiving Day parade

November 20, 2018 - 9:39 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If you plan on checking out the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, you'll probably want to bundle up.

AccuWeather predicts the coldest air of the season will blow through the city as New Yorkers stop to give thanks.

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“It will be a cold day in New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so spectators will need to bundle up,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.

It's expeted to be dry and sunny, but temperatures will be stuck in the lower to mid 20s during the parade, and wind could gust past 20 mph.

“The wind may also be a factor for the balloons,” Travis said.

AccuWeather reports some balloons may not be able to fly at all if wind speeds get too high. Parade spokesman Orlando Veras said wind gusts past 34 mph would mean that giant balloons can't be operated.

Seeing the parade in person is a real treat, wether you're a child or an adult. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said you should go and enjoy it.

"There are no credible threats to any New York City Thanksgiving related events specifically, or to our city itself in general," he said.

Don't bring a backpack to the parade, and remember cops will be checking spectators with a wand. Don't fly a drone over the parade either -- that's considered reckless endangerment.

Counterterrorism officers will be ready.

"You'll see the heavy weapons teams deployed strategically along the route, radiation detection pagers with counterterrorism personnel there to monitor the air," Deputy Commissioner John Miller said.

1010 WINS is the official radio station of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Musical acts will include John Legend, Leona Lewis, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, and Sugarland.