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Michigan Spared Weather Woes For Thanksgiving Travel

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DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – Michigan travelers were finding minimal trouble embarking on their Thanksgiving destinations despite nasty weather spoiling holiday plans elsewhere.

Travelers dealt with few delays or cancellations Wednesday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and on Amtrak routes. An estimated 1.3 million Michigan residents hitting the road, rail or air were finding largely dry conditions but cold temperatures in the state.

That contrasts with bands of ice, sleet and rain barreling over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast – though they weren’t causing widespread delays or cancellations beyond the region to other parts of the network.

Roughly a quarter million people will be flying out of Metro Airport during the holiday weekend.

That includes Matthew Calcuterra and his family who are off to Florida.

“My parents have had a condo down there for eight years, and it’s actually the first time we’ve gone,” Calcuterra told WWJ’s Ron Dewey at the airport. “It’s going to be 60s and 70s for the next week-and-a-half, so we should be in good shape.”

Olivia and Leslie Figgeroa of Ann Arbor is braving the weather out east to fly to Connecticut. “I’m gonna visit my grandma and my cousins over there, and we’re gonna be at my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving,” said Olivia Figgeroa.

“I haven’t been out to the east coast in two years, so, I’m excited,” Leslie Figgeroa added.

Pat Wilson of Novi was thankful to be spared travel trouble as she waited to board a Chicago-bound train at Dearborn’s Amtrak station. She said the three-generation family train trip was inspired by her 9-year-old granddaughter.

Here’s the local forecast:

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. High of 30F with a windchill as low as 12F. Breezy. Partly cloudy overnight. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 5F. Breezy.

Thursday:  Overcast with a chance of snow. High of 28F with a windchill as low as 10F. Chance of snow 50%.  Low of 21F at night with a windchill as low as 14F

Friday: Clear. High of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph.  Overcast at night with a low of 25F and a windchill as low as 18F.

Saturday: Overcast. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 18F. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 19F

Sunday:  Overcast. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 27F. Low of 27F at night with a windchill as low as 21F.

For the latest forecast, tune to WWJ Newsradio 950 for traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. Check live, local radar anytime at this link.

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