NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A record number of people were predicted to be traveling for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, but bad weather began setting in on eastern regions Wednesday.
The AAA auto club forecast 38.7 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home for the holiday that begins Thursday, as severe weather was forecast for such areas as the Tennessee Valley and the Chicago-Detroit area.
Tom Moore, senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel, said rain and snow was likely from Denver to the Ohio Valley, USA Today reported.
Many of those who depart Wednesday and Thursday return home Sunday and another storm system was expected then as a system will move out of the Gulf of Mexico and deliver cold rain to the Southeast, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported.
The Air Transport Association said 90 percent of all seats are booked and warned passengers to expect crowded airports and flight delays, USA Today said. The AAA auto club said some 4.7 million people would be flying during the holiday.