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Preparing for Thanksgiving travel: Traffic, weather and more

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and nearly 51 million Americans are expected to be traveling away from home for the Holiday.

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 5:37 PM

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and nearly 51 million Americans are expected to be traveling away from home for the Holiday.

AAA projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away for Thanksgiving, which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year and would make it the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. Of those travelers, 89 percent of them are planning to travel by way of a road trip, according to AAA, despite the fact that the national average price for fuel is 37 cents higher than it was last November.

New Yorkers who will be traveling by car despite the higher gas prices are in luck – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all state highway lane closures caused by construction will be suspended from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Monday. This will help New Yorkers travel more easily thoughout the state, which is good news because based on bookings, New York City is the No. 3 Thanksgiving destination.

Before hitting the road this week, be sure to check out the New York State Department of Transportation's 511NY map, which allows you to check state highways for traffic speeds, closures, rest areas and more.

If you’ll be traveling out of town ahead of the holiday on Wednesday, you’ll want to keep an eye on the StormTracker 2 weather forecast as a cold front is expected to move through the region on Wednesday, turning rain into snow in the morning with lake effect snow showers tapering off by the afternoon.

Weather on Thanksgiving day is expected to be quiet and cloudy with highs in the mid-30’s. You can find the latest weather forecasts and radars at

If you’ll be traveling by airplane this holiday, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport is advising passengers to arrive at least two hours prior to their scheduled depart time due to newly added TSA screening procedures and an increase in passenger volume.

Because of the current terror threat, newly implemented screening procedures for carry-on items require passengers to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening. Examples of such electronic devices include laptops, tables and cameras.

The airport will also have airport therapy dogs making multiple visits throughout the week in an effort to help de-stress passengers.

Be sure to download the WKTV NEWSChannel 2 app and the StormTracker 2 weather app to keep up with the latest headlines and forecasts when you're on-the-go this week. You can find them by clicking on the following links:

- NEWSChannel 2 app for iPhone
- NEWSChannel 2 app for Android
- StormTracker 2 app for iPhone
- StormTracker 2 app for Android

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