Winter storm could impact holiday travel on Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A combination of inclement weather and an expected record amount of travelers could make for messy holiday travel on Friday night.

AAA reports that about 102 million Americans are expected to travel by car, especially with gas prices on the decline.

According to AAA Northeast, in Southern New England,  Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike tend to be the usual locations where you may hit traffic heading toward your holiday destination.

Here’s when AAA Northeast said you should leave to beat Friday’s storm.

“For those of us in Southern New England the best time to depart for a trip would be Wednesday evening after rush hour or before one in the afternoon Thursday to avoid the heaviest traffic,” said Diana Gugliotta, AAA Northeast director of Public Affairs.

However, some like Lucas Elder, who is traveling to Virginia, are already taking that advice by driving early instead of flying.

“My brother drove from Virginia to Connecticut and his original plan was to head back tomorrow but with the storm coming he left today,” Elder said.

If your plans involve air travel, airlines such as Delta, Southwest, United and American Airlines are offering vouchers to reschedule flights free of charge.

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