Thanksgiving travelers could be hit by snowy conditions Wednesday evening as bone-chilling temperatures bear down on the New York area.
Sunshine is expected to turn to flurries briefly between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — as many New Yorkers scramble to leave the city — which could affect road visibility and snarl traffic, according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek.
It won’t be cold enough to cause slippery roads in the Big Apple, but drivers headed upstate or to parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey should brace for possible icy roads, he said.
“It’s better than a 50/50 chance, there will be flurries and reduced visibility in New York,” he said. “But we’re only looking at a short shower.”
He added, “Temperatures are going to drop like a rock on Wednesday night. Drivers should make sure they’re bundled up with gloves and hats. And bring snacks, just in case.”
Overall, Turkey Day travelers are in the clear with mostly dry, sunny conditions in the tristate area Wednesday, he said.
Despite temperatures in the low 20s, he predicted no major road or air delays.
Still, some New Yorkers were making a mad dash to beat the travel rush Tuesday.
“Two years ago, I left on a Wednesday to go to Boston and someone got hit on the tracks so all trains were delayed. I never got home. I said I’d never do that again!” said Rachel Nigro, 26, who was catching a train at Penn Station.
She added, “I stayed in Penn Station from the afternoon until 10 p.m. and then figured I could spend Thanksgiving in Penn Station or I could just stay in New York.”
Alicia Beha, who was headed to Virginia to visit a cousin, added, “You don’t wanna leave the day before the holiday … it’s madness.”
But traveling Tuesday may end up being worse, meteorologists said.
The National Weather Service placed a winter weather advisory on New York’s Hudson Valley, the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley, beginning at 1 a.m. Tuesday until the evening. Some areas could be hit with up to 6 inches of snow, they said.
Motorists in the Northeast should make sure their cars are ready to run in the extreme cold, a spokesman for AAA warned.
“A quick call now to AAA or your local mechanic can save you time, money, aggravation and exposure to dangerous conditions as the mercury dips into the teens and single digits,” said spokesman Robert Sinclair.
This year, 54 million Americans are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, the most on record since 2005, according to AAA.
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