Sloppy weather slows US holiday travellers
NEW YORK (AP):
A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the United States Northeast as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous on what is typically one of country's busiest travel days of the year.
By early Wednesday evening, more than 700 flights had been cancelled, the bulk of them in the Northeast. Thousands of flight delays were also expected as the snow piled up. This is the most important holiday of the year for many American families, who gather for turkey feasts.
Major Northeast cities were likely to see moderate to heavy rain most of the day, though New York could see up to 4 inches (10 centimetres) of snow, and its northern suburbs up to 8 inches (20 centimetres), the National Weather Service said.
New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, activated the state's Emergency Operations Centre and had 1,800 plow operators standing by to clear snow between New York City and Albany, the state capital.