Thanksgiving Day Travel Delays

It is predicted more than 55 million people are expected to travel during this holiday week which quite likely will cause slowdowns during your trip.

A barrage of weather factors around the country on top of heavy traffic will likely add to the misery for travelers. AAA is projecting near-record travel volume on American roads this year since tracking began in 2000. The majority of travelers will drive to their destinations.

The travel woes will be exacerbated by very active weather patterns over the next seven days. These patterns will bring heavy snow to the middle of the country, strong winds in the Northeast, drenching downpours to the southern U.S. and a powerful storm out West that will bring a mixed bag of elements that include high winds, heavy rain, major snowfall, and icy conditions.

To help motorists make the most out of their travels, AAA has compiled a list of the best and worst times to set out for holiday destinations.

If you plan on driving during the late afternoon or early evening around 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston or Houston, your trip could take up to three-and-a-half times longer than usual.

In San Francisco and Washington D.C., traffic will start building up earlier than most cities, around 2 and 3 p.m. Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier-than-normal congestion throughout the week.

If you happen to get stuck in a traffic jam, don’t forget all of the things you have to be thankful for this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!