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    Some Travelers Will Encounter Trouble Spots Sunday

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    December 03, 2013, 12:45:16 AM EST

    As the holiday weekend comes to a close, a large portion of the nation will have good weather for the return trip home on Sunday, but there will be a few areas dealing with snow, ice, rain and travel delays.

    According to AAA, 43.3 million people were estimated to travel from Wednesday to Sunday this year, with most of those people traveling by automobile. Sunday is the second biggest travel day during the period and the single busiest day for those flying home over the holiday weekend.


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    In the wake of "Gobblegeddon," a large, slow-moving winter storm that caused travel headaches during the days prior to Thanksgiving this year, the weather for the trip home will be favorable for most people. There will be some exceptions.

    The nastiest weather for travel will be over the Northwest into Sunday night with rain, wind and high-elevation snow.

    Icy roads throughout central and southern New England have already led to road closures as freezing drizzle falls. Additional travel delays in New England possible through Sunday night as areas of light snow and ice continue to develop.


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    Northwest

    A storm system will drop southward over the Northwest on Sunday into Monday, along with a push of colder air.

    Rain will spread from Seattle to Portland, Ore., on Sunday and can become locally heavy at times along the I-5 corridor. Rain is forecast over Spokane, Wash.

    Flight delays are possible due to rain, low ceilings, poor visibility and windy conditions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

    Snow levels will start off above pass level through the Cascades, but will begin to lower late on Sunday night.

    For those heading home on Monday, rain will change to snow in the hills around Seattle and over Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., as much colder air settles in.

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    Snow will also fall over the mountains of northern and central Idaho and northwestern Montana on Sunday into Monday along the I-90 corridor.

    Upstate New York, New England

    A weak disturbance will spread a swath of light snow and freezing drizzle across part of upstate New York, along with New England on Sunday.

    Enough snow and ice can fall in some areas to cause slippery spots along parts of I-87, I-89, I-91 and the upper reaches of I-95 in Maine and I-81 in New York.


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    Freezing drizzle has already been reported throughout parts of central New England from northeast Connecticut to the Boston suburbs. Many road closures have resulted due to multiple accidents.

    Farther south, spotty showers of rain, sleet and wet snow can fall over coastal New England to coastal New York and New Jersey. However, not enough shower activity will occur to cause significant travel delays on the roads and at Boston/Logan and New York City area airports. A few roads may be wet.

    Florida

    Much of Florida will be free of rain on Sunday, but a flow from the Atlantic Ocean can bring spotty showers along the I-95 corridor on the East Coast.

    Not enough rain is forecast to fall to greatly impact travel on the roads and at Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla., airports.

    Rest of the Nation

    The remainder of the nation should not have travel disruptions due to the weather on Sunday.

    Spotty rain that affected part of the coast of Southern California, including Los Angeles, will have moved away.

    Only very spotty rain showers will affect the interior South, with very spotty flurries over the northern Plains. The weather around Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Minneapolis should be generally dry on Sunday.

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