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AAA predicts heaviest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005

November 20, 2018 - 2:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Thanksgiving holiday rush is about to begin.

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The New York area will see heavy traffic starting during the Tuesday evening rush. AAA says the other 'worst' cities for driving on Tuesday will be Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Detroit.

San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago will have the worst traffic on Wednesday in the afternoon.

AAA predicts more than 54 million Americans will hit the roads, rails, and skies for the holiday creating the largest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005.

While President Trump pardoned a pair of turkeys on Tuesday, those spending their Thursday morning outside at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will get no reprieve from a blast of cold air that's expected to settle in over the area.

“It will be a cold day in New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so spectators will need to bundle up,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.

It's expeted to be dry and sunny, but temperatures will be stuck in the lower to mid 20s during the parade, and wind could gust past 20 mph.

“The wind may also be a factor for the balloons,” Travis said.

AccuWeather reports some balloons may not be able to fly at all if wind speeds get too high. Parade spokesman Orlando Veras said wind gusts past 34 mph would mean that giant balloons can't be operated.

1010 WINS is the official radio station of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Musical acts will include John Legend, Leona Lewis, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, and Sugarland.