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Winter weather may cause Thanksgiving travel headaches

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No matter the weather, millions of Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving week with the heaviest travel days Wednesday through Sunday.

Gaylen Volk is getting a head start on her holiday travels, road tripping from Fargo, North Dakota to Joliet, Illinois.

"We decided to come through Iowa instead of Wisconsin due to some weather we thought might be going there," said Volt.

Volt says the weather won't stop her from traveling because she wants to see her granddaughter.

Volk isn't the only one taking to the roads. University of Northern Iowa student Dillon Christensen is heading home to West Liberty for Thanksgiving break, but before he leaves a text to his mom is in order.

"I text her right before I left and she said it's suppose to get worse tonight but personally for me I think I can handle it," said Christensen.

According to AAA about 46 point three million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from Wednesday to Sunday. It's the largest for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013

But with the heavy traffic comes the potential threat of winter weather to return Monday and then again Wednesday. 


"Temperatures will already be in the twenties so any snow that falls there will stick. Typically those alberta clippers don't usually give us more than lets say one to three inches," said KWWL StormTrack 7 meteorologist Dean Wysocki.

Wysocki says mix that weather with heavy traffic, it could be problematic, but it's still pretty early to tell.


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