Wintry Weather to Impact Thanksgiving Travel, Delay Thousands of Flights, Ground Parade Balloons

By Paul Riegler on 27 November 2013
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One of the nation’s busiest air travel days is also going to be one of the messiest, DSC_0011at least weather-wise, in many parts of the country.  It may also impact the nation’s largest Thanksgiving parade.

A storm that killed eight people so far was moving east, causing thousands of flight delays in its wake.  As of 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, over 6,600 flights had been delayed with a similar number expected for Wednesday, according to

FlightStats, a flight reporting service.

The storm was expected to hit the east coast with rain and snow, just in time for millions of Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving.  Driving conditions were expected to be dangerous in many areas.  More than 43 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more this week, according to the American Automobile Association.

The forecast is calling for heavy rain and strong winds in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions on Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.  New York and Boston could get two to three inches of rain with winds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) in New York and 50 mph (80 km/h) in Boston.

Meanwhile, western Pennsylvania and western New York could get up to 10” in snow.  As of Tuesday night, some areas in New York had already seen as much as 6”.

The storm was expected to pass through New York City on Wednesday although the National Weather Service was forecasting high winds on Thursday, with gusts that could ground some of the larger balloons in the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  After a Cat in the Hat balloon hit a lamp post and injured four spectators in 1997, the city enacted guidelines that limit balloon sizes in windy weather.

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