More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That’s the second-highest travel volume since 2000, when the auto association began tracking.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, National Weather Service forecasters are calling for mostly dry conditions across the United States.
There are some exceptions, though, according to the NWS, mainly across Upper Michigan. Cloudy skies and a few snow showers will linger through the morning there.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York should kick off under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 40s.
According to AAA, the highest Thanksgiving travel period was in 2005. This year, 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9% increase.
Most holiday travelers will drive to their destinations.
INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much as four times longer than normal in major cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Houston and San Francisco.
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