A winter storm cell that has affected parts of Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, is expected to sweep through the East Coast on Tuesday and may cause problems for Thanksgiving travelers. For this Holiday weekend, it has been projected that there will be as many air travelers as there were in 2007, which is close to 2.5 million passengers. This heavy winter storm has accounted for over 11 deaths; and half of them occurred in Texas. This storm started from the west, and it hit less dramatically than weather forecasters had initially expected. This cell has already struck parts of Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, but the temperatures crept above freezing as the storm moved across the countries midsection.
The National Weather Service states that there are winter storm warnings in effect for the eastern part of the United States through Wednesday. Some of the busiest airports including, New York, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Boston, and Charlotte, could expect big delays during the busiest travel time of the year. Wednesday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year, with over 2.4 million passengers just for that day alone. According to AAA, about ninety percent of travelers will be driving this year which would be an estimated 38.9 million people. About 1.5 million less than last year are driving 50 miles or more away from their home.
Residents in New Jersey are being advised to take it slow on the highways and to check with their airlines to make sure that no flights have been cancelled because of the winter storm warning that was put into effect. In Buffalo, about 5 to 8 inches is expected from this cell over the holidays. In the more central part of New York, heavy rain is expected over the Hudson Valley. Tuesday morning, a winter weather advisory was issued for the northern and western suburbs of Baltimore and Washington D.C. The forecast includes a mix of snow and sleet that will be topped off by heavy rains. Parts of the Southeast are also bracing themselves with a freezing rain advisory in effect for parts of South Carolina.
When traveling over the holidays during less than ideal weather conditions, it is important to take it slow along highways. Also, you should check the airlines frequently to make sure no delays were put into effect for your flight.