Travel. This week might bring some hiccups for folks hitting the roads or catching flights for Thanksgiving. We’ve got the day-by-day lowdown to help you plan your trip wisely or maybe even consider an alternate route!
A Jam-Packed Holiday Week
Get ready because Thanksgiving travel is revving up big time. AAA’s expecting this to be the third-busiest Thanksgiving on record since they started keeping track back in 2000. More than 55 million people are gearing up to travel at least 50 miles from home, with nearly 50 million planning to hit the road.
Busy TSA Days Ahead
The TSA’s also expecting record-breaking crowds this holiday season. Between November 17 and November 28, they’re expecting around 30 million passengers! David Pekoske, the TSA Administrator, says they’re prepped for the hustle and bustle, making sure things run smoothly with airports and airlines.
Tuesday: Travel Troubles Ahead
Tuesday’s shaping up to be a bit rocky. TSA’s set to screen 2.6 million passengers, but it’s also the day a storm supposed to roll eastward.
The forecast? Rain’s predicted across a good chunk of the eastern US. But it doesn’t stop there—a secondary system from Canada might add snow to the Great Lakes while bringing in more rain elsewhere.
Even though the severe weather risk dropped a bit, there’s still a chance for rough thunderstorms and even tornadoes. Plus, heavy rain’s likely to soak roads from the Great Lakes down to the Florida Panhandle.
Wednesday: Keep an Eye on the Skies
Wednesday’s no better. TSA’s expecting a staggering 2.7 million air passengers, but the Eastern Seaboard might face some windy troubles.
As the system moves east, it might cause a fresh bout of wind trouble along the East Coast, especially around the Jersey Shore. This extra wind might cause some problems for coastal areas before heading out to sea.
On the Road Again
The day before Thanksgiving usually means traffic chaos. Expect long delays, especially around major cities. The afternoon might be a safer bet for travel along the I-95 Corridor.
Heavy rain could dampen the morning, but it might clear out by noon along most of the I-95 stretch. Boston and Maine might get a longer dose of rain as the low-pressure system slides along the coast, but things should calm down by the evening.
Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine might see some snow before the rain hits.
So, if you’re traveling this week, stay tuned for the weather and maybe consider a later start if you’re hitting the road along the East Coast!