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Out west, Monahan said there will likely be travel delays along the west coast, including down through southern California, as wet weather moves in Wednesday. Another system is forecast to spread rain across the southern Plains, including Oklahoma City and Dallas, on Thanksgiving Day.
Strong winds across the Great Lakes will slow you down Wednesday.
Here in Atlanta, Monahan predicts rain coming through Wednesday that will slow down the morning travelers, but clear skies and highs near 70 later in the afternoon.
“We’ll be a little cooler on Thanksgiving Day but overall, clear sailing with sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s,” he said.
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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 the latest figures from AAA.
That makes Thanksgiving 2019 the second-highest holiday travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.
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But holiday travel times are also some of the most dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,399 traffic fatalities have occurred on Thanksgiving and Christmas from 2015 to 2018.
According to AAA, 1.6 million more people will travel during this year’s holiday season than last year, a 2.9% increase.
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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.
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