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Rain, not snow, likely for most holiday travelers

Rain, not snow, likely for most holiday travelers

As long as you’re not heading north, the roads should be clear for Thanksgiving travel this year.

As long as you’re not heading north, the roads should be clear for Thanksgiving travel this year.

A cold front is bearing down on the Capital Region but should only bring rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain will be heavy Tuesday and might bring an inch of light snow Wednesday. But the roads will be clear by early evening because the temperature will rise well above freezing, meteorologist Tom Wasula said.

“It looks like rain is the predominant threat. The bigger concern is, do the roads dry up quickly or do they freeze?” he said.

He thinks they’ll dry. He’s predicting strong winds, which should take care of the problem, he said.

“You still have to be cautious,” he added. “There could be a few slick spots out there.”

Those traveling eastbound Wednesday night could see some snow as they get closer to the ocean, he said.

Those heading north and west could hit heavier snow, he said.

But in the Capital Region, the temperature that night will be in the mid 30s to high 40s.

On Thanksgiving Day, it will get colder, but it won’t rain or snow, he said.

Temperatures will hover in the upper 20s and lower 30s, with 15- to 20-mile-per-hour winds.

“It’s going to be a cold and blustery day,” he said. “The good news is it doesn’t look like we’ll be dealing with much precipitation.”

Those traveling by air don’t have to worry about the weather this year, but they should prepare for the typical crowds, according to officials at Albany International Airport.

They should arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight is scheduled to depart, giving them enough time to get through security and also giving baggage handlers enough time to get their bags onto their planes.

Some Thanksgiving foods can be taken through security. Cakes, pies, breads and doughnuts can be carried onto the plane, according to airport officials.

Fliers are even allowed to carry turkeys onto planes.

But they can’t bring liquids, which includes cranberry sauce, gravy, soup, jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, oils and vinegars.

They can be placed in checked bags.

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