Fast-Moving Storms Could Still Spell Thanksgiving Travel Trouble

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Quick-moving storms could still spell delays for travelers hitting the road and skies this Thanksgiving weekend.

According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, the weather pattern is much less likely to lock into a cold and stormy pattern through the busy travel weekend across the Northern states, as we reported earlier in the week. Blasts of chilly air and lake-effect snow, however, are still forecast, although they will be limited to a couple of days. A storm system will bring spotty rain and snow in the northern Rocky Mountains on Friday, with drenching rain and local thunderstorms from the middle Mississippi Valley to the lower Great Lakes region Friday night and Saturday, potentially causing flight delays in St. Louis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The storm system will then move across the Eastern states Saturday night into Sunday, potentially leading to flight delays in Washington, DC, New York and Boston.

The storm system will hit during the busiest Thanksgiving travel period in 12 years, according to the latest Thanksgiving travel forecast from AAA. 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the holiday travel period. According to Airlines for America (A4A), 28.5 million passengers will be flying.


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According to a new report from the research teams at Hopper and InsureMyTrip, Delta’s busy Atlanta hub will be the most crowded airport this Thanksgiving, followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York – JFK.

Thus far no major airlines have issued change waivers ahead of the storm system. We’ll post an update to as more information becomes available.

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