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Wind and Rain Could Affect Travel Plans This Week

PELHAM, N.Y. – Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year but wind and rain may affect plans this week for Westchester residents who are planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ross Dickman, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said heavy rain will arrive Tuesday night and persist into Wednesday morning. The water will dry out abruptly Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but Dickman said transportation will suffer.

“There’s going to be a surge of heavy rain that will affect Thanksgiving Day travel plans,” Dickman said. “People may want to try to avoid Wednesday morning travel.”

As for Thanksgiving itself, Dickman said the morning will be breezy but will not reach the criteria for wind advisory. Winds could blow at 25 to 30 miles per hour with possible gusts up to 40 miles per hour. The wind will calm by Thursday afternoon.

Dickman said roads will be wet and visibility will be limited on Wednesday and Thursday and flights from Westchester County Airport will likely be delayed on Wednesday. He said the winds Thursday could also affect flights.

The meteorologist had words of caution for those planning to travel this week.

“It’s not going to be pleasant any way you slice it,” Dickman said. “Definitely take your time and plan for the fact that there will be travel delays due to the weather, and that goes for the area airports too.”

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