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Severe Storms May Disrupt New York Holiday Travel Into Tomorrow

November 23, 2011

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to sweep across New York City late today and tomorrow, which may hinder air traffic in one of the busiest travel periods of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as 1.75 to 2.5 inches (4.4 to 6.4 centimeters) of rain may fall through tomorrow, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. Wind gusts as strong as 37 miles per hour are also possible, he said.

“There could be some impacts on air traffic,” Pollina said. “The bulk of the rain does occur overnight. The stronger winds are on Wednesday.”

About 23.2 million people are expected to fly during the 12-day period surrounding the Nov. 24 U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, a 2 percent drop from last year, according to the Air Transportation Association of America, a Washington-based airline advocacy group. From 1.3 million to 2.3 million people will fly each day, with travel peaking on Nov. 27 and 28.

Philadelphia was experiencing delays of about 40 minutes for some arriving flights today because of the weather, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.

After the rain departs, the forecast for New York is for mild and sunny weather through the weekend with temperatures reaching 60, according to the weather service.

Pollina said the Thanksgiving holiday in New York is expected to be sunny and breezy with a high temperature of 54 degrees, 3 above normal, he said.

In Chicago, another major U.S. travel hub, rain is expected through today with clearing skies tomorrow and highs near 56 on Thanksgiving, according to the weather service. Atlanta has a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms today and chance of showers tomorrow.

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