Sun to return for Thanksgiving Day

Posted November 25, 2009

— Holiday travelers saw relatively few delays across the country on what is traditionally the heaviest travel day of the year.

One bump in the road was along Interstate 40 westbound in Sampson County. The state Department of Transportation closed some lanes along a two-mile stretch from mile marker 355 to mile marker 357 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Back-ups stretched to four miles long by mid-afternoon. After the work was finished, traffic quickly picked up speed and was moving normally by 3:30 p.m., the DOT said.

Weather over most of the East Coast was mild but cloudy Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Low clouds could contribute to minor flight delays, the weather service warned. No major delays were reported at airports along the East Coast corridor.

Sun to shine for holiday

"Most of Thanksgiving Day should be fairly sunny," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"We should see more sun than we've seen in a long time." The forecast high for the holiday is 63 degrees.

The gloomy weather that has been in central North Carolina for much of the week was beginning to clear Wednesday evening.

"The only concern overnight and early Thursday is a patchy, dense fog," Fishel said.

Thanksgiving in the Triangle should be cool and dry, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner added, with some chilly nights to follow.

"If you are awakening early to get those great bargains (Friday), make sure you are well bundled since the temperatures will be hovering in the 30s and 40s. And with the wind that is anticipated, it will feel even colder."

The return trip for Thanksgiving travelers looks sunny and seasonal. Fishel forecast highs in the upper-50s to low-60s with sunshine for the weekend.

Millions hit the roads

More North Carolinians will travel this Thanksgiving than last year, and flying has become their least favorite means of transportation, according to AAA Carolinas.

Travel by automobile will be up 3.1 percent, and by train or bus up 2.8 percent, while travel by air will drop by 6.6 percent.

AAA estimates about one out of eight North Carolina residents will hit the road for Thanksgiving.

The state Transportation Department suspended work on most road projects through the holidays.

One bottleneck could be the 50-mile detour for Interstate 40 traffic heading into Tennessee. An October rock slide about two miles from the border closed the road in both directions.


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  • Bill Brasky Nov 25, 2009

    So true Raysson.....the left lane is the passing lane...the left lane is the passing lane...please repeat until the notion is locked in the brain. They should give out tickets to people who break this rule, they do that on the autobahn.

  • Space Mountain Nov 25, 2009

    I would bot be surprised to see some winter weather here next week.

  • raysson Nov 25, 2009

    From the previous comment:
    "The Fast and the Furious. The Rude And The Stupid."

    "The Ignorant and the Retarded."....Don't tell me this. I see this almost everyday driving through some of the Triangle's busiest highways. Wanna know? Get on either the Raleigh Beltline or on a daily basis Interstate 40 during the week and you'll see why it is an absolute madhouse dealing with people who basically need to take their behinds back to the beginning of Driver's Ed 101. And for once,learn basic driving skills before putting yourself onto Interstate 40.

  • Rolling Along Nov 25, 2009

    I-95 soutbound was already a mess between Lumberton and Fayetteville at 2:30pm. Stop an roll in several places.

  • Road-wearier Nov 25, 2009

    News flash! It's the day before Thanksgiving! There's a lot of traffic! We have to send one of our big dollar news-type trucks out to the airport because it's full of people!!

  • Space Mountain Nov 25, 2009

    Partly cloudy? 60s? I haven't seent he sun at all today at it is not near 60 degrees.

  • redapace Nov 25, 2009

    Another advantage of living 10 minutes from Mom & Dad!

  • aintbackingdwn Nov 25, 2009

    Summed up - the fast and the furious. The rude and the stupid. It's an absolute madhouse.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Nov 25, 2009

    I'd swear this is the same story copied and pasted from last year and the year before that and the year before that and the year before that

  • no contest Nov 25, 2009

    Maybe this information could help certain scientists promote their global warming hoax! Now that we know their data was manipulated to fit their beliefs we can all relax and not worry about the myth of global warming.