Happy Thanksgiving; Parade Today; Shopping Starts Early

Happy Thanksgiving to you on this Thursday, 28 November 2013, from the WBTV News morning team!  John Carter reporting to you in this message.

We hope as you are up and preparing for your Thanksgiving Day, that you'll tune in to WBTV News from 4:30 to 7:00 AM...we'll be bringing you all the information you'll need to help you get your day started.

Okay...let's talk about the weather first!  It's going to be GREAT!  A little chilly perhaps...but it's going to be totally sunny today...quite a contrast to the cloudy, wet day we had yesterday!  We'll have your complete First Alert Weather forecast.

The sunny weather will certainly enhance the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in uptown Charlotte today!  Be sure to bundle up when you go!  The parade starts at 9:30...and the temperature will be right around freezing.  We'll be live this morning to show you parade preparations!

Speaking of parades...a decision will be made at 8:30 this morning as to whether the balloons will be able to fly at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  They've had wind gusts up to 50 mph in the area following the storms that blew through yesterday.  However, things have died down a bit and there's a good chance we'll see all those iconic balloons floating down the streets!

Some people may not be at the parade....they're already lined up for holiday sales!!  K-Marts are opening at 6 AM.  We were at the K-Mart on Freedom Drive in west Charlotte at 1:30 this morning, and people were already out there waiting outside!  We'll be talking with those folks about why they're braving the cold!

National Weather Service officials confirm that an EF-2 tornado that struck the Atlantic City area. Officials say two people suffered minor injuries when the roof blew off their condominium late yesterday.

Police in Inglewood, California say a gunman who shot and wounded a police officer and took two people hostage has surrendered after a nearly nine-hour standoff.  Police say the 45-year-old man gave himself up, and his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter are safe.

The Charlotte Bobcats took one on the chin last night...losing to the Pacers, 99 - 74.

The Duke Blue Devils got the win last night.  Jabari Parker matched his season-high with 27 points, setting the Duke record for consecutive 20-point games to start a career and the sixth-ranked Blue Devils beat Alabama 74-64 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

All that and so much more...when you join us for WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  Hope to see you then...and, save us a little turkey if you will!!!