Virginians prepare for record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday travel

The top 15 Thanksgiving traffic hot spots in the metro area

The top 15 Thanksgiving traffic hot spots in the metro area

Drivers in New York City are expected to see the largest Thanksgiving travel delays, per the automobile association, with almost quadruple normal drive times as everyone heads out (or in) for the holiday.

On the West Coast, rain and snow could slow traffic Wednesday in much of California, Oregon and Washington.

Unfortunately, New Yorkers will have it the worst. High temperatures Thursday are in the 20s and 30s. It is predicted delays will be 3 ½ times longer than normal traffic. The vast majority will travel by auto, which means traffic Tuesday and Wednesday. The combination of snow and wind could reduce visibility significantly at high elevations.

The airline group expects that Wednesday will be the second busiest day of the holiday period behind only Sunday, when many travelers will be returning home. Here's a look at the worst and best times to hit the road.

The American Automobile Association predicts that 54.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday, the highest number since 2005 and about a 5 percent increase over a year ago.

United expects to fly about 2.2 million travelers between Wednesday and Sunday, the most in its history for the period, spokesman Charles Hobart said.

Looking at a longer, 12-day period, the airline industry trade group Airlines for America predicts that a record 30.6 million people will fly on USA carriers, up from 29 million past year.

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This would come as Venezuela is combatting with hyperinflation and humanitarian crisis due to shortages of basic needs. The designation would limit the US assistance to the country and ban financial transactions with the country.

Large containers of powders like makeup or baby powder are the latest items to get increased scrutiny by Transportation Security Administration.

The agency is warning travelers to stow powder containers of more than 12 ounces in their checked luggage or face additional screening at the checkpoint.

TSA says the holiday rush starts the Friday before Thanksgiving - earlier than before.

Americans may need an extra helping of patience this Thanksgiving weekend, with the largest number of travelers in a decade expected to hit the road or board flights to celebrate with family and friends after a prosperous year for many.

"Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year will be no different", said Trevor Reed, an analyst at INRIX.

If sustained winds exceed 23 miles per hour, city guidelines may force Macy's organizers to lower the height at which the parade's 16 giant balloons can fly, the New York City Police Department told reporters.

"Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth", Bill Sutherland, a senior vice president at AAA Travel, said in a statement. Travelers aren't alone. The pre-Thanksgiving travel rush is already in full swing.

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