Hitting The Road For Thanksgiving? Here’s Your Travel Forecast

More than 46 million people will be traveling this week for Thanksgiving, making it the most-traveled day in United States this year.

Drivers are already dealing with the rain.

AAA is predicting that 1.3 million Virginians will hit the road to celebrate away from home, the highest number since 2007 and about 3.5 percent more than last year.

The good news? The low gas prices are a benefit.

The bad news? If you’re leaving today, you have a pretty wet drive ahead. Depending on where you’re headed, there’s some snow in sight up north.

From Orlando to Raleigh on I-95 we will see heavy rain with local flooding possible. I-95 from D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in the area in the morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast.

Washington, DC could see 1 to 2 inches; Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches. Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor.

For your return trip on Sunday, most of the country will be in a good shape.

The I-95 corridor will be dry from Florida to Maine. The only trouble spot will be west coast where heavy rain is possible on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco and even some rain possible in Southern California late Sunday night.

Of course the possibility of snow has many thinking not only about the delays on the road, but possible delays at airports.
Even if the Richmond area doesn’t see snow, winter weather to our north could impact airports there and cause residual delays and cancellations here at home.

Click here to take a look at the flight board at Richmond International Airport.

Most of flights are on time for this morning and afternoon, but we’re going to keep tracking this. Delays could cause a ripple effect.

Of course we’ll keep a close eye on the weather and it’s impact to your holiday travel plans.

Stay with 8News for the latest on your StormTracker forecast.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond.

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