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Thanksgiving Air Travel: Possible Delays Wednesday

By By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
November 23, 2011, 7:26:38 AM EST

As people take to the sky to travel home for Thanksgiving, weather events across the United States may cause airport delays.

More than 23 million people are expected to travel by air between Nov. 18 and Nov. 29, 2011, according to airlines.org. Most will travel on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Pittsburgh International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International airport may experience flight delays due to a possibility of rain and wind.

"In the Northeast on Wednesday, there is a potential for rain," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. "Even if the rain moves through the area quickly, gusty winds may follow."

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport may experience some flight delays due to windy conditions, according to Pydynowski.

The San Francisco International Airport has a possibility of flight delays on Wednesday as some rain and/or wind could impact the area.

"In the Northwest, rain could move into the area," Pydynowski said. "It may hold off until Wednesday night, but flight may be delayed by gusty winds that will move in be ahead of the rain," she said.

The areas along the West and East coasts are most likely to have weather that will impact flights on Wednesday.

While most airports will be in areas where the weather is clear on Wednesday, they could still experience ripple-effect delays caused by the flight delays from other airports impacted by rain and wind.

Airline passengers should check with their individual airlines for additional flight delays during Thanksgiving week.

Join us for a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 between the hours of 2 p.m. EST and 3 p.m. EST @Henry_Margusity for more Thanksgiving travel details.


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