Weather conditions could slow holiday travel nationwide

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nationwide, about 100 million people will travel at least fifty miles from home between Wednesday and January 3. According to AAA, that is the highest number ever. So be prepared for congestion on the freeways. And depending on where you’re headed, weather as well. Fog has impacted travel in some states and while temperatures are mild here, there is snow in some parts of the country.

If you’re flying, you can bet planes will be packed. More than 38 million people are anticipated at airports over the next week or so.

If you are driving in or through the Commonwealth, VDOT has a new tool to help you. Its 511 App (for iPhone and Android) and website give real-time traffic info, such as road conditions and any accidents. Most highway work zones are suspended during Christmas and New Year’s, but it is recommended that you plan ahead because a lot of people will be on the road.

Weather could spoil travel plans for millions. The main areas of concern are Little Rock, Memphis, and Nashville, where tornados are possible this afternoon.

Meanwhile, winter storm warnings continue over the Cascade and Rockies, where two to three inches of fresh snow has already fallen in the past 24-hours. In addition, strong winds are closing some roads in southern California.

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