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Late Fall storm causing havoc for Thanksgiving travelers

When ranking the holidays, one would imagine that Thanksgiving might run a close second to Christmas as the world’s favorite special occasion. Families come together as one, to celebrate their love of one another and rejoice via a wonderful feast. Relatives come many miles to enjoy the holiday, which can be a tedious process for some.

Well, Thanksgiving 2013 could end up being a bigger pain than any of these travelers could have envisioned. No, there is not an airline strike or a fuel shortage, which drove air rates through the roof. No, the problem in 2013 could be coming from none other than Mother Nature.

A massive storm, which started its North American trek in California, is making its way towards the east. It has taken its own sweet time doing so, which has made for treacherous conditions throughout the country. According to a CNN article, as many as ten people have perished in the path of this monster. Incredibly, they all happened before the storm reached the East Coast.

The storm has made its way to the eastern seaboard, dropping torrential rains from Florida up the southern coast. As if the storm is not bad enough, it comes at perhaps the most inopportune time for travelers. Thanksgiving week is traditionally the biggest travel time of the year, so families are running head first into this massive storm.

This late fall storm is bringing a mixed bag of precipitation as it moves along. Down south, much of what is falling is in the form of rain. As one heads up the mountains, and into upstate New York, snow seems to be the outcome that awaits. There have also been periods of sleet and freezing rain, which have made getting anywhere on the roads a real challenge.

As the storm makes its way up the east coast Wednesday, it will add the unwanted aspect of wind to its list of problems. The wind could be the biggest headache of all for holiday travelers. Winds that could be anywhere from 15 to 45 miles per hour can cause havoc.

Cars can easily be pushed around on the roads, which is bad news when combined with slippery or icy conditions. No place are windy conditions felt more than at the airports. Already, cities are seeing lengthy takeoff delays as a result of high winds. That only figures to grow in numbers on Wednesday, when the brunt of the storm hits the Northeast.

Though clearing conditions are expected on Thanksgiving Day in much of the east, the effects of the storm are likely to still be felt. For those attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, some familiar friends may be noticeably absent.

The huge balloons, which float high in the sky in the parade, could be grounded. If the winds reach a sustained rate of 23 miles per hour, old friends like Snoopy will be staying back in the warehouse. Once winds breach that threshold consistently, handlers can be overpowered and lose control of the balloon. One can only imagine the damage that could be done by one of those giants going off on its own.