© Reuters. Travelers wait at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, U.S., April 6, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
(Reuters) – Severe weather moving across the eastern half of the United States on Tuesday appeared likely to disrupt the busiest travel period of the year, with more than 55 million people expected to travel by bus, train or plane before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thunderstorms were forecast from the lower Mississippi Valley to the mid-Atlantic region between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, while snow was expected to fall on parts of New England, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
The severe weather was likely to cause delays and additional congestion during what the AAA group expects to be the busiest travel period in the country since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Most of those traveling were expected to drive, AAA said, possibly motivated by a drop in gasoline prices from 2022. Around 49 million people were expected to get behind the wheel between Nov. 22 and Nov. 26, up 1.7% from the corresponding period in 2022, AAA said.
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