Travel issues for the start of the holiday weekend.

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Thanksgiving traffic for 2019 is expected to be busy once again this year. According to AAA, more than 55 million people are planning of traveling 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, making this the second highest Thanksgiving travel volume since the year 2000, when AAA began keeping track.

The issue with holiday travel is not only the volume and headaches of the journey, but the weather. This year there are two large wintry storms brewing that will impact travel.

The West coast is going to have to deal with a monstrous storm that will bring over a foot of snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains by Wednesday night and several inches of snow over Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah Montana and Wyoming. The Cascade Mountains will also receive several inches of snow Wednesday.

Winds will be an issue as the storm moves along the shore.

There will also be a good deal of snow deposited in the western great lakes region as a second storm complex pushes through the St. Laurence Seaway on Wednesday as well.

In addition to the snow, there will very gusty winds surrounding both of these events with gusts near

Large cities that will be impacted by the weather include Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati… just to name a few.

Locally the rain and snow will not be much of an issue, but there is going to be a good deal of wind. Here are the advisories, watches and warnings for our area that go into effect Wednesday and linger into Thursday.

This year, as mentioned above is estimated to be one of the busiest Thanksgiving travel days of the new millennium. So if you are one of the 55 million expected to hit the road this weekend, be patient and prepare for a number of delays.

Stay safe everyone.

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