Holiday weather hopeful for travelers next week


BENNINGTON — While gearing up to travel for Thanksgiving, weather and modes of transportation becomes a main concern. Fortunately, for New England, a potential cold front on Sunday should lead to a warmer feast day Thursday.

This year will be nothing like last, with travelers barely beating the snowfall. Meteorologist Hugh Johnson of the National Weather Service says to watch out for a storm on Monday, however it could miss the Northeast.

"It looks like a quiet week for Thanksgiving," he said. "Afterward there might be something, but it should be a dry week with seasonable weather and milder until the end of next week."

For those traveling, Johnson expects good conditions.

In Bennington, there will be a high of 49 degrees on Thursday and a low of 31 and mostly sunny.

This holiday will mark the seventh consecutive year with the highest number of travelers since 2007, according to Dan Goodman, manager of public affairs of AAA Northern New England.

"Safety and patience should be at the top of everyone's list when traveling," he said. "Vermont will have the lowest gas prices since 2008, thus boosting disposable income."

About 1.8 million New England residents will decide to drive to their holiday destination versus the 226,000 who will travel via plane, boat, train or bus. The amount of people driving increased .4 percent from last year, while the latter increased by .6 percent, Goodman said.

In case of an emergency while on the road, contact 1-800-AAA-HELP.

Amtrak Train & Bus also anticipates a busy travel week, leading to extra trains and additional capacity on routes in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast. Instead of the usual unreserved New York-Philadelphia-Harrisburg Keystone Service, reservations will be required Tues., Nov. 24 through Mon. Nov. 30, according to Amtrak.

To reach Makayla McGeeney call (802)-447-7567 ext. 118.


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