Thursday Briefing: Fog Delays Carnival Valor, Rain and Snow on Tap for New Year’s Eve

A fog delay for Carnival Valor and foul weather set to dampen New Year’s travel in the U.S. are the travel industry headlines to watch today. 

Fog Delays Carnival Valor

Fog delayed yesterday’s arrival of Carnival Valor into the port of Galveston, Texas, Cruise Hive reports. The ship’s arrival, which was scheduled for 12:47 p.m., was pushed back to 3:00 p.m. The delay meant that embarkation for the ship’s next cruise, a five-night itinerary from Galveston, had to start later in the day. 

Yesterday was the second time in a row the ship had been delayed due to fog, according to Cruise Hive. Carnival Freedom and Carnival Breeze have also experienced fog delays over the past few days. 

Rain, Snow on Tap for New Year’s Travel

Travelers looking to take a trip or attend an outdoor party this New Year’s Eve weekend will have some foul weather to contend with. 

In New England, a winter storm could cause blizzard conditions, while areas farther south could get hit with a wintry mix, sparking travel delays for airlines and on highways Thursday into Friday, Accuweather reports. Snowfall in New England could range from 12 to 18 inches, with mountain areas in New Hampshire facing the possibility of up to two feet of snow. An area ranging from northeastern Pennsylvania and the lower Hudson Valley to coastal Maine and Nova Scotia could be in for a combination of rain and snow. 

At New York City’s famous Times Square celebration, revelers could be in for cold conditions, according to Accuweather, with evening temperatures forecast to be in the mid-30s, or the upper 20s to lower 30s when factoring in wind chill. While the air will be mostly dry, there is the possibility that the city could get a late rain or snow shower. 

New Year’s Eve celebrations in New Orleans and Los Angeles could also have to contend with rain and snow, Accuweather reports. A storm could bring rain or snow to celebrations in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. Another storm bringing rain to an area ranging from Louisiana into Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky could hit celebrations in New Orleans and Nashville

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