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    REPORTS: Thanksgiving Travel Delays Mount in Philadelphia, NY Airports

    By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
    November 30, 2013, 2:06:05 AM EST

    Update at 8:27 p.m. EST Wednesday:
    This blog is no longer live as the severe weather threat has ended. See a recap of the storm and reports below.

    The East was walloped by a storm on Tuesday and Wednesday, which spread snow, torrential rain and wind northward, while millions of people traveled for Thanksgiving.

    AAA reports that more than 43 million people were expected to travel for this Thanksgiving, with the biggest percentage of travelers, or 37 percent, making their way Wednesday.

    Rain fell from New York to New England throughout the day Wednesday, causing multiple Thanksgiving travel disruptions. Snowflakes also mixed in with rain in portions of the Northeast.

    On Wednesday evening high winds threatened areas along the I-95 corridor from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia, Pa., and into eastern New England.

    Flight Delays Across the US

    Current Weather
    Boston Logan International
    La Guardia
    Rain, Fog & Wind
    Rain & Wind
    Light Snow
    Ronald Reagan Washington National
    Atlanta International Airport

    Flight information from the FAA.

    Numerous flights were delayed on Wednesday at many of the East Coast's major airports including, the Philadelphia, John F. Kennedy and Newark International Airports, due to low clouds, rain and wind.

    In areas where precipitation fell in the last 12 hours, wet roads are likely to ice up overnight Wednesday, creating potentially slick travel conditions for Thanksgiving morning.

    Additionally, lake effect snow off of Lake Ontario beginning late Wednesday evening is expected to drop anywhere from three to six inches of snow on areas in northern Indiana, far northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio through Thursday night.

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    More information on severe weather for Thanksgiving day can be found in this news story. Read below for the latest updates.

    Updates (All Updates in EST):

    7:15 p.m. EST Wednesday: General arrival and departure flights from the Philadelphia International Airport have returned to normal with delays of 15 minutes or less. However, the Newark and John F. Kennedy International Airports, as well as the La Guardia Airport are still experiencing delays due to wind.

    6:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Delays at the Philadelphia International Airport are averaging more than two hours right now due to low clouds, according to the FAA.

    5:15 p.m. EST Wednesday: Heavy rain along the East Coast continues to fall with some of the heaviest rain falling from Providence, R.I. to Boston. However, the western suburbs of Philadelphia and the areas in and around Albany, N.Y. have either transitioned or begun to transition from rain into snow.


    4:18 p.m. EST Wednesday: PennDOT reports wet roads with freezing conditions through central Pennsylvania.


    3:25 p.m. EST Wednesday: Winds are picking up across the Northeast. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., is now experiencing delays of approximately 40 minutes due to wind, according to the FAA.

    2:23 p.m. EST Wednesday: Due to low clouds, flights destined to the Philadelphia International Airport are currently experiencing delays averaging almost two hours, according to the FAA. Flights headed to the John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Newark International Airport, N.J., are also experiencing delays of between 30 to 50 minutes due to wind.

    1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Flight delays in Atlanta have been lowered to "significant." For airports in Newark and Nantucket, however, the "significant" status is an increase from their earlier listing as moderate.

    12:40 p.m. EST Wednesday: FlightStats list excessive delays at Atlanta, due to delays at airports farther north battling the weather. Excessive delays also listed in Philadelphia, due to rain.

    12:08 p.m. EST Wednesday:Between 0.5 inches and 2 inches of snow have fallen across western Virginia. Meanwhile, eastern Virginia continues to receive rain and gusty winds.


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