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Thanksgiving Travel May Be Hampered By Wintry Weather

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Travelers out of Washington National Airport may hit delays this weekend, but they likely won't be from precipitation in D.C.
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Travelers out of Washington National Airport may hit delays this weekend, but they likely won't be from precipitation in D.C.

Big crowds and lousy weather await Thanksgiving travelers at the region's airports.

As milky, gray skies dumped drizzle on the runways, travelers stayed dry and warm inside Terminal B, hoping the weather would not wreak havoc on their Thanksgiving plans. Airport manager Paul Malandrino expects more than 30,000 people to pass through the gates on Wednesday, the busiest day of the holiday season at this airport. He does not expect the weather to ruin too many plans.

"It should not be a problem. We are having rain," Malandrino says. "However, it may impact flights to the New York and Boston area because of this weather moving up the East Coast, but we are just going to have rain so we should not be impacted at all."

The forecast from NBC Washington is much the same:

The rain will taper off Wednesday morning, but a cold wind arriving behind the rain may cause a brief period of scattered snow showers through Wednesday afternoon.

Storm Team 4 is saying there is a possibility of a light dusting Wednesday afternoon.

And even without a major snow threat along the Interstate 95 corridor, the rain and wind alone will be enough to snarl air, road and eventually rail travel.

As always, travelers are advised to arrive at least two hours before scheduled departure.


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