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Rhode Island residents getting a jump start on holiday travel

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By: Melissa Randall

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The holiday hustle and bustle is underway a day early. Travelers at TF Green are trying to avoid getting stuck at the airport this thanksgiving.

"The weather issues and the holiday issues coming up, people traveling, figured we'd get down a couple days early," said Stephen Rivard who is heading to Naples.

The travelers are waiting and watching as a storm moves Eastward. The snow will be turning into pouring rain. For some people just the thought of disruptions is enough to move up those flights booked months ago. Marilyn Richard, who is headed to Chicago, is thankful she planned ahead. Leaving a day early is giving her extra time to get to her grandchildren.

"Right now it looks like the weather there is okay and it's cloudy. And then the storm will come tomorrow, and if I'm already there it doesn't matter," said Richard.

But flying out early doesn't guarantee these travelers will make it on time.

That storm is already impacting airports in the mid–west and causing layovers and delays elsewhere.

"My connecting flight to Baltimore this morning is coming from Cleveland, so hopefully it will be okay," said Rivard.

Early Tuesday morning the departure board was green, and all flights were on schedule, but savvy travelers leaving Rhode Island know that likely won't last long.

"Right away check your phone, check the weather, but…I think we're going to be just missing it …Hopefully, anyway," said Paul Simons who is traveling to Iowa with his family.

The airport is expecting even more travelers than last year to fly out this Thanksgiving and TF Green is urging people to give them self extra time.

The Amtrack says 300,000 passengers will board in the north east alone. The Providence station, too, was busy Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The railway has added more trains to keep up with the demand as was planned even before the forecast called for bad weather.

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