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Wet Roads Make Thanksgiving Travel Tricky


November 26, 2013

Whether you are hitting the road yourself or are expecting company, there is a good chance you could be dealing with delays this week.

Mother Nature has served up steady rain that has drenched the roadways.

AAA estimates nearly 39 million people will drive for Thanksgiving between Wednesday and Sunday.

Many of them will be trudging along in cold, wet weather, thanks to a storm system sweeping the East Coast.

"We didn't really expect to have this kind of travel weather," said John Allen.

Allen was making his way from Norfolk to Knoxville, Tennessee, Tuesday night with a car full of family members and a dog.

"It took us about an hour and a half to get less than 20 miles," he said of the beginning of their trip. "We pulled over to get out of this rain for a minute. [I] couldn't see. [I] had the heat on all the way to keep the windshield from fogging over."

Making frequent stops is just one of the tips driver Michael Phillips has for others planning to travel by car.

"Take it slow, be safe and stop every couple of hours," he said.

Philips' Thanksgiving plans take him and his family from Stafford to Evansville, Indiana.

So far, they've been in for a damp ride.

"The roads are very wet. [There's] a little flooding in places. You've got to keep your speeds down," said Phillips.

The rain-soaked roads are proving to be one more obstacle for drivers to cross, but most are confident they will arrive slowly but surely.

"We're having to drive at least 10 to 15 miles slower than normal and stay further back from vehicles because the depth perception is not that great, so it's definitely going to be a long drive," said Allen.

AAA predicts most Thanksgiving travelers will make the trip on Wednesday.


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