Thanksgiving Travel Could Be Hampered By Weather; Rain To Begin Tonight

National Forecast Tuesday, November 26th

The nasty weather tantrum that has already left a mess on its march from California through Texas and soaked the South is now expected to ice up roads in the Northeast on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Thanksgiving travelers could face some delays as a storm approaches the East Coast just in time for some of the biggest travel days of the year.

Heavy rain is expected Tuesday night, especially after midnight and through Wednesday morning’s commute, according to FOX CT Meteorologist Joe Furey.

Between 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected by the time the rain ends Wednesday afternoon and could cause local flooding, he said.

Wind advisories will be in effect Wednesday for southern and eastern Connecticut. Wind gusts of 50 mph could result in scattered power outages, Furey said.

Thanksgiving Day will be cold but sunny, with temperatures in the 30s and 30 mph winds, Furey said.

Even though the forecast in Connecticut predicts mostly rain on Wednesday, Bradley International Airport spokesman John Wallace advised flyers to check with the status of their flights with their airlines.

“You just don’t know about the rest of the country and the rest of the system and the impact that can have here,” he said.

According to AAA, 1.89 million people from Connecticut and the five other New England states — 12.9 percent of the region’s population — will journey at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving, a decline of 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Inclement weather can bump up requests for roadside assistance.

Last year during the Thanksgiving weekend, AAA’s Roadside Rescue Team responded to more than 3,300 calls for emergency road service in greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut, according to AAA.

The number to call for roadside assistance is: 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357.

Saturday will be sunny and in the 30s. Sunday will be in the 40s and there could be rain and snow showers, Furey said.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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