Thanksgiving Travel Forecast: Beware of Slick Conditions Following Steady Snow


If you plan on hitting the road Thursday during the early morning hours, you'll want to be especially careful on residential streets.

Temperatures dipping below freezing for the majority of the D.C. area could have frozen any leftover snow or water from Wednesday, providing dangerous driving conditions.

Missing Attachment It’s been a messy day for the millions traveling to their Thanksgiving destinations. And as the storm moved up the coast the delays and cancellations began to build. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss has been checking the situation at the airports all day.

Pre-Thanksgiving rain and snow blanketed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, leading to hundreds of canceled flights for our neighbors to the north. Snow was still falling over the Northeast into Thanksgiving Day, NBC News reported. The heavy snow also caused power outages from West Virginia to Vermont.

Closer to home, the early winter blast began Wednesday morning as rain, which turned into snow in many areas as the system moved east. Roadways were snow-covered and slippery north and west of D.C.

Missing Attachment Northern Virginia saw varying precipitation on the day before Thanksgiving, leading to a slick and dangerous drive for many people. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver tracked the road conditions.

A snow emergency was declared around midday Wednesday in Frederick, Maryland, but was rescinded at 6 p.m. Anyone driving there was required by state law to have snow tires on their vehicles. Drivers were not permitted to park along snow emergency routes.

In advance of the wintry weather, Maryland highway officials had cautioned drivers to change their travel plans to Tuesday or Thanksgiving.

"While pavement temperatures are warm, any prolonged snow fall will quickly change that and road conditions could be slippery and difficult to navigate, even with our crews salting and plowing," said Melinda B. Peters of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) in a release.

Missing Attachment News4’s Shomari Stone reports form the Storm Team4X4 on the latest road conditions in Frederick County, Md.

For real-time traffic updates, travelers can use SHA's free information service by dialing 511. An interactive map and traffic cameras are available at www.MD511.org.

The snow that accumulated Wednesday should melt on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day should be partly sunny and chilly, with a high near 40.

The heaviest snow inland will be in New England. Anyone driving into Massachusetts and farther north found heavier snow Wednesday night.

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