Sloppy weather slows Thanksgiving travelers
MINEOLA, N.Y. - More than 550 flights have been canceled nationwide so far today -- the bulk of them in the Northeast, where rain and snow is hampering pre-Thanksgiving travel.
Highways have been sloppy along the Washington to Boston corridor. Forecasters are expecting major Northeastern cities to see mostly rain, although New York could get one to four inches of snow. New York's governor has 1,800 plow operators standing by to clear snow between New York City and Albany.
Some travelers tried to change their plans and take earlier flights. West Point Cadet Jameson Albers originally had a 5:30 p.m. flight home to Nashville from New York's LaGuardia Airport. He says he moved it up to 11:30 a.m. "to try to get in before the really bad weather hits."
One man refueling his car in Maryland today said there were no traffic problems last night -- the first leg of his drive from North Carolina to New Jersey -- but that today would be another story.
The wintry weather was not confined to the Northeast. An Alberta clipper left many highways in North and South Dakota slick, and a winter storm warning was issued for parts of Minnesota.