BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thanksgiving is a busy travel period, as loved ones head out to see one another for the holiday. A storm headed for the east coast may impact travelers in the airways and on the roadways.
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The Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be packed with anxious travelers on Wednesday. Nearly 25 million passengers will fly on United States airlines domestically and internationally during the Thanksgiving period, according to Flight Aware. That’s a a 1.5% jump over the number of travelers same time last year, and 31,000 more passengers than an average day.
The AAA is expecting 46 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend. Ninety percent of them are traveling by car. That would be the most travelers since 2007.
If you’re headed across New York State, you may be impacted by a traffic update. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued travel restrictions across the state, starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Long tandem vehicles will be banned on the Thruway between Westmoreland and Albany, and from Exit 24 in Albany to the New York City line. Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, commercial vehicles will be banned on Interstate 84, going in both directions from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border.