Strong wind gusts up to 40 mph could impact Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, forecasters say.
With a storm system rolling through the northeast on Wednesday, lingering winds on Thanksgiving Day could prompt officials to ground the iconic balloons but a decision won't be made until near the start of the parade.
NBC New York's meteorologists say heavy gusts could be between 35 to 40 mph in New York City around 9 a.m. ET when the parade is expected to begin.
City regulations, put into place in 1998 after a giant Cat in the Hat balloon injured four people when high winds caused it to knock over part of a streetlight, specify that the balloons cannot be flown if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to "Today."