Thanksgiving Holiday Begins with Heavy Traffic and Thousands of Flight Delays

By Anna Breuer on 21 November 2018
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In N.Y. on Wednesday, highway signs warned drivers to expect heavy traffic.

It’s a busy day on the nation’s roads and airports as over 50 million Americans travel in many cases not just over the river and through the woods but far greater distances, and the weather in much of the United States will cooperate.

This may be the busiest Thanksgiving holiday for travel in well over a decade. Expect long lines at the nation’s airports and delays on the roads as the great exodus begins.

In some regions of the country, however, weather will have the potential to make or break some holiday activities and traditions.

Officials in New York City, which hosts the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, are carefully monitoring the wind speed. If sustained winds reach 23 mph (37 km/h) or gusts reach 34 mph (55 km/h), the iconic balloons will not be allowed to join the parade.

Meanwhile, a cold front moving through the Northeast on Wednesday was spreading some light snow in New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic

Highs are forecast to reach only 21° F (-6° C) in Boston, 25° F (-4° C) in New York City and 29° F (-2° C) in Philadelphia on Turkey Day, although weekend temperatures in the region are expected to be downright balmy.

Parts of the Midwest expects snow while the first in a series of West Coast storms is beginning to impact California starting Wednesday.

Regardless of the weather, the sheer number of cars on the road will result in travel times that are in some cases double or triple what the trip normally would take.

Heavy wind and rain in San Francisco is causing significant delays at that city’s airport where 23 flights have been cancelled and over 500 arrivals and departures have been delayed as of 4 p.m. local time. Winds are also causing significant delays in the New York metropolitan area, where over 375 arrivals and departures have been delayed at Newark Liberty International Airport as of 7 p.m.

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