Travelling during the Thanksgiving holiday in America is a staple. People travel by both road and air to get to their holiday destinations. Most of the time, they travel so that they can be with their families during the holidays. Unfortunately, snow storms could see millions of Americans unable to travel this holiday season.
In the north-eastern part of the United States, snow storms are expected to dump tons of snow on airports and freeways. It’s believed that some of these storms might dump 1 inch of snow every hour. This snow storm, which was expected to start Nov. 25, may last through today, Nov. 26, bringing freezing rain as well.
Some forecasters in areas such as New York say that some cities will get up to 8 inches of snow; New York City is expected to this much in just one day. Experts in the travel industry have told people to change their holiday travel plans and leave today, because travelling today may be out of the question for many. AAA also recommended that people who are going to be driving leave for their destinations on tomorrow, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day. This is cutting it close to the holidays, but with 41 million people on the roads this year, one accident due to snow could affect thousands of people.
Of course, it’s not just road travel that will be affected by the snow. Airports have already been cancelling flights. On Monday, Nov. 24, many airlines were forced to cancel flights before snow even hit because of high winds. Many of these passengers were told that they wouldn’t be able to fly the following day either. This means that most of these passengers had their flights pushed to today. Although their flights were pushed back for free, it means that more people are travelling from airports today. This is because not only are people who were originally scheduled to fly today travelling, but there are also people flying who had their flights pushed back.
There are some airlines that were still trying to get passengers to their destinations on time or even earlier. American Airlines was one of the few airlines that told its passengers that they could switch their flights from today to Tuesday if they were flying to the northeast. If they could not leave early, then they could switch their flights to Thursday for free.
Delta Air Lines wasn’t offering people a chance to get to their destinations early, however, passengers are free to switch their flights from today to Thursday or Friday. It’s their choice, and the switch will be free. Either way, not many flights were leaving for the East Coast between yesterday and today once the storm hit.