Maine meteorologist predicts roads may be slick for Thanksgiving travelers

Posted Nov. 24, 2013, at 8:33 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 25, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.

It’s as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey dinner: getting to the table. Wednesday will be the biggest travel day across the country, and AAA Northern New England predicts 1.65 million New Englanders will use the highways and byways during the holiday.

Weather forecasters are urging motorists to get an early start, however, because it looks like a storm is heading our way.

“If you can, leave Tuesday, especially if you’re heading south,” said Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. “Right now, our best guess is rain or snow on Wednesday, depending on the exact track. Hopefully, it will miss us completely.”

Strong winds could cause scattered power outages on Sunday, he said. New Hampshire will then see the weather turn calmer Monday and Tuesday before a storm could hit.

Meanwhile, state police are warning motorists to stay sober while behind the wheel.

“With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend approaching, state police remind all travelers that troopers will have an enhanced presence statewide working to prevent accidents and apprehend impaired and dangerous drivers,” police said.

Police urged people to take the keys away from someone who is impaired and insists on driving.

Drivers heading south on Interstate 93 should take note of construction.

Nationally, the second-busiest travel day will be Dec. 1, with people returning home after celebrating the holiday with family and friends.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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