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Wednesday before Thanksgiving, busiest travel day of the year

Wednesday before Thanksgiving, busiest travel day of the year

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) -- We're seeing changes in the weather including rain as a cold front moves through. The front already made its way through the Midwest.

Emily Nipps of Tampa International Airport said it caused some flight delays. Most of those delays were from the Midwest.

Nipps said as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, 55 departures and 70 arrivals have been delayed, with an average delay time of 43 and 42 minutes, respectively and that there has been one canceled flight departing to Atlanta, due to a mechanical issue (not weather-related). She said those passengers have been re-booked on another flight. The delayed flights are departing and arriving from various cities and regions, including those from the Northeast and some areas of the South affected by weather.

Wednesday is supposed to be the busiest travel day of the year and that's when the weather could be a problem in the Northeast.

According to AAA, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be the busiest single day of travel with 37 percent of travelers departing for trips Nov. 27 and the majority plan to return home on Sunday, Dec. 1 (33 percent) with another 24 percent expecting to return on Monday, Dec 2 or later.

AAA also projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. Experts said this decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-2009 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

90 percent of travelers, or 38.9 million, are expected to travel by automobile, which is a decline of 1.6 percent, according to AAA.

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