Holiday Travelers Face Troubles at Major Hubs

By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
12/23/2011 6:30:08 AM

Holiday travelers face potential weather-related travel problems at some of the major hubs in the U.S., such as Atlanta, New York City and Boston.

From a snowstorm in New Mexico to lingering clouds, rain and snow in the East, the weather threatens to cause holiday travel troubles for hundreds of thousands.

Low Clouds May Slow Holiday Travel in NYC

While rain and drizzle will taper off this morning in New York City, low clouds could cause some travel problems. While travelers on the ground should not experience weather-related slowdowns after the rain ends, some flight delays are possible on one of the busiest travel days of the holiday.

Low Clouds Plaguing Holiday Travelers in Atlanta

Following a round of nasty thunderstorms in Atlanta Thursday evening, some low clouds are left behind.

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There is a moderate risk for flight delays with the leftover clouds. Travel conditions should improve through the course of the day as clouds begin to clear out.

No weather-related travel days are expected for motorists.

Low Clouds, Rain Slow Seattle Holiday Travelers

A new storm is reaching the Pacific Northwest today. Although the storm will remain rather weak and only a little rain will dampen western Washington, the accompanying low clouds could lead to flight delays in Seattle.

Meanwhile, motorists could run into a bit of snow through the heavily traveled mountain passes such as Snoqualmie Pass along I-90.

Portland will remain dry today but low clouds will hover over the city, causing potential problems for airline passengers.


Holiday Travel Delays at Airports This Week

AirportFri. 12/23
BostonPossible
New York JFKPossible
PhiladelphiaPossible
PittsburghPossible
BaltimorePossible, Mainly AM
Washington DullesPossible, Mainly AM
AtlantaPossible, Mainly AM
MiamiNone
DetroitPossible, Mainly AM
CincinnatiPossible, Mainly AM
ChicagoNone
MinneapolisNone
DallasNone
DenverNone
SeattleLikely
Salt Lake CityNone
San FranciscoNone
Los AngelesNone

Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.