Unsettled Weather to Hamper Labor Day Travel, Events in East

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 01, 2013; 9:20 AM
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This June 12, 2013, photo shows sunbathers at the beach as workers continue repairs to a pier that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Those looking to celebrate summer's last hoorah this weekend may want to plan carefully, as numerous storms across the Midwest and East could hamper plans and slow traffic on heavily traveled routes to beaches and cities.

More than 34 million people will travel for Labor Day, marking the most significant numbers for the holiday since the recession-driven decline, according to AAA Travel.

Forty-six percent of travelers were expected to depart on Friday, the company said, threatening clogged roadways and extensive delays to enter popular tourist destinations.

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Numerous holiday-tailored events are scheduled to kick off Saturday, unofficially ending the summer season in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

Warm and humid conditions will deliver a mixture of clouds and sun and a thunderstorm risk in the nation's capital, where visitors and locals will gather to celebrate the annual Blues Festival in Rock Creek Park.

The same potential will greet Philadelphia concert-goers in attendance of the Labor Day weekend outdoor 'Made In America' music festival.

The troubles won't stop Sunday and Monday as travelers wrap up the holiday weekend and head home.

Early-morning fog could hover over roadways that received rain the previous night, slowing speeds on major routes. The evening hours Sunday through Monday will usher in more storms, likely becoming the wettest period of the weekend for the I-95 corridor and the Appalachians.

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