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Strong Wind Gusts Could Disrupt Thanksgiving Eve Travel

As a storm swings eastward on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, the gusty weather will charge on as well. A wind advisory has been issued for the Southern Tier.

“Winds are forecast to increase around the eastern Great Lakes during Tuesday night and become strong and gusty over much of the Northeast from Wednesday afternoon into Thanksgiving Day,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Widespread wind gusts of 40-60 mph are forecast with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 70 mph most likely near the lakeshores and over the ridgetops.

“Increasing winds could end up being very disruptive to travel in the region,” Sosnowski said.

Motorists, especially those of high-profile vehicles, will need to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel to avoid veering into other lanes on stretches of interstates 70, 77, 79, 80, 81, 86, 87, 90, 91 and 95.

Rain accompanying the storm may add further travel difficulties by reducing visibility and creating a heightened risk of hydroplaning while traveling at highway speeds.