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Weather Will Complicate Busiest Travel Week Of The Year

A truck parked outside the San Diego International Airport and traffic, Nov. ...

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Above: A truck parked outside the San Diego International Airport and traffic, Nov. 25, 2019.

AAA is estimating more than 55 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, but plans could be hampered by a winter storm on the way.

The storm, which is supposed to hit Wednesday and last until Friday, has police bracing for a spike in accidents.

"It is a busy time for us," said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt. He added that all available officers will be on patrol throughout the long weekend.

"Our main goal is to make sure that while people are doing that — trying to get to their families, enjoy their holiday time — that they’re doing it safely," Bettencourt said. "And obviously there’s going to be rain that’s coming on Wednesday so with that inclement weather we’re going to get those crashes, we’re going to get those incidents, so you’re going to see a lot of traffic on those days."

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A winter storm bringing rain and snow is expected Wednesday through Friday. While traffic and rain are a recipe for accidents smart driving can make all the difference.

The San Diego International Airport is expecting to have the usual Thanksgiving crowds.

"We’re expecting on average about 73,000 people a day for this holiday week," said airport spokesman Jonathan Heller.

To make your flight, the airport is suggesting travelers arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours ahead for international — and everyone should continue to check their departure times as rain could spell flight delays.

"Another great reason to be calling your airline ahead of time," Heller said. "Checking your flight status before you come and not only for the weather here but the weather for where your destination is."

Heller said no flights are delayed right now, but that could easily change.

According to AAA, most people will get to their Thanksgiving destinations by car. In fact, the auto club said 49 million people will drive, with 4.5 million flying and 1.5 million using trains, buses or cruise ships.

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