Travelers endure long lines at CLT Airport during holiday travel weekend amid discovery of new COVID-19 variant

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A different kind of Black Friday crowd was at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, with long lines approaching security checkpoints throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

“I’ve never seen Charlotte like this,” said Lauren Denhoff of the crowd.

The lines are there, despite news of new worries and restrictions coming as a result of a new COVID-19 variant that was discovered in southern Africa that is believed to be more contagious than the Delta variant.

The United States has restricted travel from several African countries, and FOX 46 found more strict enforcements of mask mandates at the airport Friday as travelers were making their way through to their destinations.

The worries also led to a drop of over 900 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which financial experts said was tied to the fears of the new variant and its potential impacts on economies across the world.

For nearly two years now, people have seen the impact the pandemic has had on travel and transportation, along with their spending habits. Leo Marte, with Abundant Advisors in Huntersville, said any worries about the new variant should be taken with the knowledge that many parts of the world are prepared.

“We didn’t have vaccines, we didn’t have therapeutic treatments, we didn’t have a lot of things that really caught us off-guard,” said Marte.  “Now, we have a global infrastructure to address the pandemic.”

Marte believes, for now, that may lead to a smaller effect on the stock market and on any potential worries about pandemic restrictions continuing.

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Preview: Michigan State women’s basketball faces Marshall looking to build off weekend win

The Michigan State women’s basketball team (5-2) is gearing up to face the Marshall Thundering Herd (3-1) for the first time in program history.

Last time for MSU women’s basketball

The last seven days were pretty rough for the Spartans.

Their first two losses of the season came back-to-back in New York, 71-68 against the Fordham Rams (4-3) and 66-63 against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (2-3).

However, they were able to bounce back with an 84-71 victory against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-4) during their Black Friday special. Freshman guard/forward Matilda Ekh and junior forward Taiyier Parks set career-highs in scoring with 17 and 16 points respectively. Senior guard Nia Clouden and graduate forward Alisia Smith set season-highs in scoring with 23 and 13 points respectively. Freshman guard DeeDee Hagemann also set a career-high of 10 assists.

Clouden now has 1,413 career points. She broke 100 points on the season versus Oakland (132) and has passed Eileen Shea (1987-91) for No. 11 on the all-time MSU scoring list. She’s now 81 points away from breaking the top 10 and passing Kristen Rasmussen, who scored 1,493 points between 1996 and 2000. Clouden also has 360 career assists and remains 12 away from passing Spartan All-American Lindsey Bowen (1998-2002), who still holds the No. 10 spot.

The Spartans are set to roll into this weekend 5-2 overall. They are slowly figuring out what does and doesn’t work in order to succeed.

Big Ten campaigns are on the clock

The start of conference play is only one week away, with doubleheaders between eight of the 14 Big Ten teams scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5.

Last on the day’s docket, the Spartans are scheduled to meet with No. 8 Iowa (4-0) in the Hawkeyes’ nest. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Beforehand, at 2 p.m., No. 21 Ohio State (4-0) will travel to Purdue (5-2) and No. 2 Maryland (6-2) will travel to Rutgers (4-4). At 3 p.m., Wisconsin (1-4) will travel to Northwestern (4-2).

On Monday, Dec. 6, four more of the 14 teams will square off. Penn State (4-1) will first travel to No. 4 Indiana (4-1) at 6 p.m. and then Nebraska (6-0) will travel to Minnesota (5-3) at 8 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan (6-0) and Illinois (3-2) do not open conference play until Thursday, Dec. 9, with the Wolverines at Wisconsin and the Fighting Illini at Michigan State.

The Spartan’s upcoming opponent: Who is Marshall?

This will be the second consecutive Big Ten opponent for the Thundering Herd, who collected their first loss of the season against Purdue, 70-60, on Nov. 22. The Herd managed to stay close with the Boilermakers through the first half, only trailing by six at halftime. However, the Boilermakers pulled ahead midway through the third quarter and made 5-of-6 at the line to secure it in the final 52 seconds.

The Spartans and the Herd have a common opponent in Morehead State — both teams collected victories over the Eagles, MSU 93-31 on Nov. 9 and Marshall 65-58 on Nov. 19.

Marshall is averaging 75.3 points per game, shooting 41.9% from the field, 21.9% from beyond the arc and 79.8% from the line.

The Herd has three girls averaging points in double figures. Sophomore guard Savannah Wheeler at 14.8, graduate forward Kennedi Colclough at 14.3 and freshman guard CC Mays at 12 per game. Mays also adds a team leading six rebounds per game.

They also have a defensive threat in senior guard Aaliyah Dunham, who has 18 steals on the season to lead the team.

Thundering Herd sophomore forward Alexis Johnson is a native of Southfield, Michigan. She’s the only player on Marshall’s end with ties to the Mitten State. The Spartans do not have anyone with ties to West Virginia.

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Thanksgiving holiday weekend travel: Two storm systems cause travel woes

The best time to travel both Saturday and Sunday is before noon, according to AAA. However weather could be a complicating factor.

Heavy rain associated with an atmospheric river is set to drench the Pacific Northwest, while a clipper system will bring snow and gusty winds this weekend to many across the Midwest and Northeast.

Check your local forecast here.

Let’s first begin in the Northeast where more than 8 million people are currently under winter weather alerts. That number is likely to rise through the weekend.

As one system departs New England on Saturday another will gather strength over the Great Lakes on its way to New England on Sunday.

The first system has left appreciable snows in its wake. Roughly a foot has accumulated on some of the higher peaks in Vermont and New York on Friday through Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, around 4 to 6 inches has fallen east of Lake Erie with lighter amounts elsewhere.

“Blowing snow caused by windy conditions are likely to remain a hazard for the interior Northeast today,” the Weather Prediction Center said on Saturday morning. This blowing snow could reduce visibility on the roadways across the Northeast on Saturday.

The second system, an Alberta Clipper, will move through Minnesota on Saturday producing a mixed bag of precipitation over parts of the Midwest — mainly in the form of rain and sleet.

Conditions then deteriorate from west to east through late Sunday as the clipper makes a beeline into New England.

The consensus will be an additional 1 to 3 inches from Minnesota to Maine. Snow flurries may even be seen in New York City and Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Great Lakes are 100% ice free though. Decent lake effect snow bands could setup with the right fetch of wind and cold air as a result.

Therefore some areas could possibly see up to an additional 8 inches of snow, such as those downwind of Lake Erie, due to these lake effect snow bands setting up.

The windy conditions accompanying the clipper will once again cause poor visibility on the roads, as well as a few air delays. Airport delays for the most part on Saturday and Sunday, however, look to be minor in the Northeast.

Atmospheric river drenches the Pacific Northwest

Another area that could see travel delays this weekend will be across the Pacific Northwest.

A level 4 out of 5 “extreme” atmospheric river event is forecast to produce several inches of rain across the Pacific Northwest beginning on Saturday and lasting through Sunday.
A level 4 atmospheric river is categorized as “mostly hazardous, but also beneficial” according to the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E). This means that flooding and landslide hazards could pose a threat across the region, however the amount of heavy rain could also be beneficial for drought conditions or for filling reservoirs.
Canada issues weather 'red alert' for British Columbia

The heaviest rain is forecast to fall across the coastal regions, including Seattle, on Saturday afternoon and evening before shifting into the Olympics and northern Cascades on Sunday.

This weekend’s atmospheric river event is the second in a series of three storms, the first brought rain to the Pacific Northwest on Thanksgiving Day and the third is forecast to impact the region by Tuesday.

This heavy rain will not just be confined to Washington state; it will extend north into British Columbia in Canada this weekend as well. Both areas have seen an onslaught of heavy rain over the last couple of weeks which led to record-breaking rainfall and flooding.
“Due to high forecasted freezing levels and moist soil conditions caused by the multiple [atmospheric rivers] during 10 to 16 November, a large portion of the precipitation could lead to runoff, exacerbating [flood] impacts,” the CW3E warns.

Flood watches are in effect for over 3 million people across portions of Washington state, including Seattle, as 3 to 6 inches of rain is forecast.

Not much snow is in the forecast for Washington state as temperatures are running 10 to 20 degrees above normal for late November with highs in the 50s. While these more mild temperatures may be a nice change from winter’s chill, they can lead to other hazardous in the higher elevations.

“Mild temperatures and wind will lead to some melting of the early season snowpack,” the National Weather Service (NWS) in Spokane, Washington, said on Saturday morning.

This melting snowpack in conjunction with heavy rain could increase runoff, elevating the flood threat ever further.

“There will also be an increased risk of rock slides and debris flows in steep terrain and the potential to impact roads and backcountry trails, including near burn scars,” NWS Spokane also said.

Those planning to take a drive through the mountain passes this weekend will need to plan accordingly for these hazards or wait until the weather improves on Monday afternoon.

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State officials keeping a close eye on Thanksgiving weekend travel

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – As travelers spend time with their friends and family, State Highway Patrol and Charleston International Airport officials say they are preparing now before people head home for the holiday’s.

“We’re sometimes the first and last impression anyone has in Charleston, and we take that very seriously, “says Elliott Summey, CEO and Executive Director of the Charleston International Airport.

“We’re gonna be out and about to get people off the roadway that need to be off the roads,” says Lance Corporal Trooper Nick Pye, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

So far this year, there has been more than 900 fatalities on the roadways here in South Carolina. Trooper Pye says one of the leading causes to their fatality numbers is drinking and driving, especially around the holiday’s.

“It’s just something that is avoidable. Someone that is making a bad decision, not doing what they’re supposed to do and ultimately it’s costing them their life or someone else’s,” says Trooper Pye.

With thousands of people flying in and out of the airport, officials say they have found new ways to prepare for crowds and traffic.

“We have law enforcement officers out in the intersections working traffic, curb attendance and we have opened our new parking garage,” says Summey.

Trooper Pye encourages travelers to think twice before hitting the roads or skies, so you can make it to your destination safely.

“If you go out and you make a bad decision, your flirting with either ending up in jail and not being with your family, or ultimately losing your life,” says Trooper Pye.

State Highway Patrol says if you are planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver set up or order an Uber or Lyft.

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40+ Amazing Travel Deals You Can Grab This Weekend

Whether you want to give the gift of travel or book your own vacation in the new year, now’s the time to do it. 

With Black Friday sales that often extend to Cyber Monday or Travel Tuesday (yep, that’s a thing), there are some phenomenal online travel deals to be purchased through the end of this month — and beyond.

So once you’ve fully recovered from your Thanksgiving Day feast, mosey on over to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and reserve yourself or your loved one a trip of a lifetime — saving up to 60 percent along the way.

One tip before you book: Keep an eye out for blackout travel dates. Some of these bargains may not be available during peak travel season or holiday weekends. The company website should spell out all details. 

We’ve outlined just some of the great deals available worldwide below — but rest assured, even if you don’t see your dream trip listed here, chances are that hotel, tour, or cruise is offering some sort of special holiday sale. Many travel companies offer their lowest prices of the year at this time, so be sure to click around the internet this weekend.

Happy shopping from the comfort of your own home!

View from a one bedroom presidential terrace at Karisma Hotels and Resorts
One-bedroom presidential terrace at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Jamaica (Photo Credit: Karisma Hotels & Resorts)

International Travel Deals For Hotels And Resorts

Iberostar Resorts In Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica

Save up to 60 percent on stays at some of Iberostar’s finest five-star properties in the Caribbean including Iberostar Grand Bavaro in the Dominican Republic, Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Cancun, and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica. All-inclusive rates include accommodations, food and drink, watersports, and activities and entertainment.

Book by November 30 for stays through December 20, 2022.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts In Mexico, Caribbean

Get up to 60 percent off the vast collection of properties from Karisma Hotels & Resorts. These include the all-inclusive El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, and Margaritaville Island Reserve brands. 

Book by December 6 for travel through December 23, 2022.

Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados

Save 50 percent on Ocean Hotels Group properties: the new all-inclusive O2 Beach Club & Spa, all-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach House, or the boutique South Beach property. This deal is valid on all room/suite categories with a four-night minimum stay. 

Book by November 30 for stays through December 20, 2022. 


Bettoja Hotels, Rome, Italy

Save 30 percent on your stay at one of the Bettoja Hotels in Rome: Hotel Mediterraneo, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, and Hotel Atlantico. Rates start at 66 euros per night, double occupancy, and include free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Properties are located within walking distance of key landmarks such as the Colosseum, Opera House, Forum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps.

Book between November 26 and December 2 for travel through March 2022.

&Beyond, Africa and South America

Get up to 30 percent off stays at iconic &Beyond destinations: the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve; luxury lodges in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and the Masai Mara; as well as the &Beyond Vira Vira, the gateway to Patagonia. You can combine this offer with other specials, which allows for savings of up to 48 percent.

Book by December 3 for travel between January and May 2022 (excluding April 7 to April 27, 2022).

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Get up to 35 percent off your stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on the sandy white shores of Palm Beach. Don’t miss a toes-in-the-sand dinner at the beachfront restaurant Atardi. 

Book between November 26 and November 30 for stays through October 2022. 

Promo Code: L9Z

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Enjoy 50 percent off a suite stay at intimate and elegant Casa Kimberly, the former secret love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that overlooks Banderas Bay. 

Book between November 26 and November 29 for stays through May 2022. 

Promo Code: CYBERCK

Sonesta Resorts In Sint Maarten

Get 50 percent off your stay at the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa and the next-door adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort. Located on the Dutch side of the island (Sint Maarten vs. Saint Martin), these properties are all-inclusive. 

Book by November 28 for travel through December 23, 2022. 

Promo Code: BFSALE

Tabacon Thermal Resort And Spa, Costa Rica

Enjoy 30 percent off current rates, plus a daily buffet breakfast for two at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa at the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. Soak in the resort’s network of naturally flowing hot springs while taking in mountain and volcano views.

Book on November 29 for travel between August 27 and November 15, 2022. 

Entrance to Lotte New York Palace
Photo Credit: Lotte New York Palace

United States Travel Deals For Hotels And Resorts

Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island

Save up to 40 percent on the best flexible rate at the Hotel Viking, a luxury hotel with an enviable downtown location in the heart of seaside Newport. 

Book between November 29 and December 5 for stays through March 2022. 

Promo Code: CYBER1

Hilton Head Health, South Carolina

Enjoy 20 percent off current 2021 rates, plus an extra $150 resort credit at this South Carolina wellness resort where guests spend 24/7 focused on their physical and mental wellness. Cooking demonstrations, sunrise walks on the beach, meditation, and kayaking are among the activities offered at Hilton Head Health.

Book by December 3 for travel between December 26, 2021, and April 2, 2022. 

Lotte New York Palace, New York City

Get up to 50 percent off all suites at the Lotte New York Palace, an iconic luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan. 

Book between November 26 and November 30 for travel through Labor Day Weekend 2022.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Enjoy room rates as low as $199 and get a $100 resort credit per night at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, a 1,300-acre property in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. On-site you’ll find a spa, championship golf courses, and family-friendly ski hills. 

Book by November 29 for travel through May 26, 2022.

Caribe Royale Orlando, Florida

Save 20 percent on the best available rate and up to $150 in dining credit at this all-suite resort near Walt Disney World and other key Orlando attractions. The Caribe Royale Orlando offers shuttle service to Walt Disney World and Disney Springs and has one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom villas.

Book by December 1 for stays through June 2022. 


The Lodge At Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Enjoy 30 percent off multi-day stays at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, an excellent base camp for exploring both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Room rates include complimentary breakfast daily. 

Book between November 26 and December 3 for stays through May 14, 2022.

The Maven, Denver

Save 50 percent on your second night at The Maven, a hip hotel at downtown Denver’s “micro-district” Dairy Block. It’s close to popular Denver landmarks like Union Station, Larimer Square, and Coors Field, among many retail spots and restaurants. 

Book between November 26 and November 29 for stays through March 2022. 

Gale Chicago, Illinois

Get up to 60 percent off room rates at Gale Chicago, just off Michigan Avenue and Magnificent Mile in the heart of downtown Chicago. The historic property features contemporary amenities with rooftop terraces. 

Book between November 26 and November 29 for travel through December 2022.

Margaritaville Resort Times Square, New York City

Enjoy up to 50 percent savings when you book three or more nights at the new Margaritaville Times Square. Get on island time and enjoy Caribbean flair in the heart of Times Square. 

Book before December 2 for stays through November 30, 2022. 

The Winston, Solvang, California

Save 30 percent on all room types, starting at $213 a night, at The Winston, an upscale boutique hotel with just 14 rooms. It’s located in the charming Danish village’s historic Old Mill Clock Tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Solvang. 

Book by November 30 for travel through April 2022.

Lodging At Sunday River Resort, Maine

Save up to 20 percent on hotel and inn accommodations at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. The ski resort is nestled in the Mahoosuc Mountains with eight interconnected peaks, 135 trails, and 18 lifts. 

Book by November 29 for lodging this ski season. 

Promo Code: WINTER20. 

Lift tickets are also on sale for as low as $45.

Hanalei Colony Resort, Kauai, Hawaii

Save 25 percent on the best available rates (excluding oceanfront and premium oceanfront suites) and get a free room upgrade with availability at check-in at Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s North Shore. The resort is close to shopping, restaurant, and beach activities of Hanalei and the world-famous Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.

Book by December 5 for travel through December 15, 2022. 

Lodging At U.S. National Parks

Get up to 30 percent off lodging in or near these U.S. national parks: Zion, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, Death Valley. Other sales with the Xanterra Travel Collection include deals at Colorado’s The Broadmoor and with Windstar Cruises. 

Book by November 30 for select dates through May 2022.

Hurtigruten cruise to Antarctica with penguins
Hurtigruten cruise to Antarctica (Photo Credit: Becca Singelenberg / Hurtigruten Expeditions)

Travel Deals For Cruises

Virgin Voyages

Save up to 20 percent and receive a $100 bar tab bonus (when purchasing a $300 bar tab) on Virgin Voyages cruise itineraries. The Scarlet Lady sails in the Caribbean, while the Valiant Lady debuts in 2022 with trips in the Mediterranean. 

Book by November 29. Sail with Scarlet Lady December 1, 2021, to March 27, 2022. Sail with Valiant Lady March 18 to May 22, 2022.


Save up to $1,000 on veranda and ocean-view suites on select Seabourn voyages and up to $1,000 shipboard credit per suite through summer 2022. The elegant cruise line sails worldwide.

Book by November 30. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Enjoy up to 50 percent off adventure cruises to Alaska, Antarctica, the Galapagos, Norway, and other worldwide destinations. Not sure which itinerary is best for you? Take the Hurtigruten Expeditions’ quiz

Book by November 30 for select cruises through 2023.

Tour of Crater Lake by Intrepid Travel
Tour of Crater Lake by Intrepid Travel (Photo Credit: Intrepid Travel)

Travel Deals For Tours

Intrepid Travel

Get up to 25 percent off select Intrepid Travel trips worldwide or 15 percent off Intrepid trips in the United States and Canada. The world’s largest adventure travel company, Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 trips on all seven continents.

Book by December 1 for travel through March 31 (worldwide trips) or December 14, 2022 (U.S. and Canada trips). 

Abercrombie & Kent

Save up to 50 percent on your private journey to destinations around the world, including Botswana, Croatia, Chile, Egypt, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, and Turkey, with Abercrombie & Kent’s Private Escapes Sale.

Book between November 29 and December 3 for travel on select dates in 2022. 


Save up to 20 percent on more than 40 trips across the globe with Trafalgar, a leading guided vacation company. Trips include in-destination transport, cherry-picked accommodations, and multiple meals all led by an expert guide. 

Book by November 30 for select 2022 trip departures. 

See The Sights Walking Tours of London

Enjoy 60 percent off private walking tours in London with See The Sights Tours. Itineraries include tours of key landmarks, a “Secret London” tour, as well as Harry Potter and royal palaces tours. 

Book by December 31 for tours throughout 2022. 

Promo Code: blackfriday

One More Travel Deal For Cyber Monday

MedjetAssist Membership

Get $50 off any individual annual membership and $75 off any family annual membership at Medjet, a global air medical transport and travel security membership program for travelers. With a MedjetAssist membership, if a member is 150 miles from home and lands in the hospital (including due to COVID-19), Medjet will arrange air medical transfer to the member’s hospital of choice and provide access to medical consultants and language translators: no health questions, claim forms, or deductibles.

Purchase on November 29. Valid for new memberships only.

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Few travel issues expected for Thanksgiving weekend | Davidson County

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – If you’re waiting until Wednesday night after work to travel to visit family and friends, it will be a great travel forecast as well. Clouds stick around with temperatures in the low 50s. It will still be breezy with the wind dying down through the evening.

Across the country, there haven’t been much travel hazards. A little rain has started in the Midwest and that system will bring us rain across Middle Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are traveling on Thursday, give yourself a little time as you will have slick roads from the rain across the Midstate.

Things look quiet across the country on Black Friday and into the weekend, so travelers flying shouldn’t see any airport delays.

On Thanksgiving, the rain will move in later in the morning. Our temperatures will be colder than in years past. The last four Thanksgivings temperatures have been in the mid 60s.

On Thursday, plan for it to be a little chillier with highs only reaching the low 50s and rain showers sticking around through the evening. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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Arizona traffic, road and weather updates for Thanksgiving weekend


If the roads or airports seem more crowded than normal, that might be because 53.4 million people were expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA’s annual travel forecast. 

Since 6.4 million more people will be traveling this year, travelers should be extra prepared for what might come their way. Here is a running list of traffic, weather, gas prices, and airport conditions you might encounter this holiday weekend. 

Check back with through the weekend for updates.

A crash involving multiple vehicles blocked several lanes of Interstate 17 northbound near Thomas Road in Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

Traffic was very slow in the area. It was not immediately known if anyone was injured or what may have caused the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 

— Kaila White 

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, traffic in both directions on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix was backed up at varying speeds for at least 20 miles.

“Expect lengthy delays in both directions of I-10 South of the Phoenix as holiday travelers hit the road,” the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a Twitter post.

A crash on U.S. 60 east of Quartzsite at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday closed both directions of the freeway for about 20 miles, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The highway reopened at 6:40 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

— Athena Ankrah

Wood burning in residential fireplaces, chimneys, outdoor fire pits and similar outdoor fires is prohibited in Maricopa County this Thanksgiving due to elevated levels of smoke in the air, according to a release issued by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department on Wednesday.

“This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning,” the county notes.

If you plan to roast anything over a fire this Thanksgiving, the county asks you to change plans and reduce harm to its air quality. Further restrictions include the use of leaf blowers and off-road vehicles.

The county asks residents to avoid waiting in long lines in the car Thursday, as this can contribute to poor air quality. Instead, park the vehicle and go inside.

— Athena Ankrah

On the Wednesday before every Thanksgiving, highways to the High Country become particularly busy late in the afternoon and into the evening, according to ADOT spokesperson Doug Nintzel. 

With the addition of holiday travelers, heavier traffic is also expected on the following highways: northbound Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, State Route 87 to Payson, and eastbound Interstate 10 between Phoenix and California, Nintzel said. 

Figuring out how much time to set aside for travel might be a little more difficult since disabled vehicles or crashes along certain routes occur without warning.

“All it takes is a fender bender to cause significant delays on northbound I-17 heading out of the Valley,” Nintzel said. 

But Nintzel recommends drivers set aside at least an hour in addition to staying up-to-date on highway conditions. 

“You need to expect the unexpected and not be in a hurry to get to your destination. Speeding and bad driving maneuvers like tailgating or unsafe lane changes or passing without enough room can and do lead to tragedies,” Nintzel said. 

According to Nintzel, there is still time to be a prepared driver. 

“Check your tire pressure, engine fluid levels as well as belts and hoses. Pack some extra items like drinking water, snacks, a flashlight, cellphone charger and other items that will help in case you encounter an unscheduled closure along a highway.” 

— Amaris Encinas 

Because Wednesday is the busiest travel day before the holiday, travelers who are flying should give themselves extra time to arrive at the airport, according to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport spokesperson Heather Shelbrack. 

If travelers are flying domestically, then they should give themselves at least two hours and one extra hour if they are flying internationally, Shelbrack said. 

Shelbrack also recommends drivers picking up or dropping off travelers use the 44th Street Sky Train station to help as a way to avoid roadway traffic and congestion at the terminal curb. Roadways will be especially busy between 6 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, she said. 

As of 11:40 a.m., security wait times at Terminal 3 are about 10 minutes and between 5 to 10 minutes at Terminal 4, according to the Sky Harbor website. 

Extra tips: 

  • Travelers should check their bags for prohibited items before arriving at the airport. The Transportation Security Administration’s website has additional information about what can and can’t be brought in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers and drivers picking up travelers should check the flight status before coming to the airport.
  • A facial covering over the nose and mouth is still required in the airport due to the federal mask mandate in effect.  

— Amaris Encinas 

As cloudiness decreases, Arizona is set to stay fairly sunny through Thanksgiving, according to National Weather Service meteorologist James Sawtelle in Phoenix. 

Most of Wednesday’s sunniness will occur mid to late afternoon with a high of 75 degrees. Winds will become breezier in south-central Arizona after 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, the weather service in Phoenix tweeted. 

Thursday will also be sunny, but with a little bit more breeze. The high for Thursday is 76 degrees, Sawtelle said.

Because locally windy conditions are expected along the lower portion of the Colorado River area on Wednesday, the weather service in Phoenix recommends drivers to keep an eye out because the strong winds and blowing dust may create difficult driving conditions and create drops in visibility, the tweet stated. 

If you are traveling for Thanksgiving and want to know the forecast for your travel destination, you can visit The National Weather Service’s website. 

— Amaris Encinas 

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Cambridge Police Department Shares Important Safety Information Leading into Holiday Weekend

Thanksgiving is traditionally the heaviest travel day of the year, a time when people seek to be with family and/or close friends. During the Thanksgiving holiday, more motorists are traveling with their friends and families than any other time of the year. The night before Thanksgiving has also become one of the biggest nights of the year at bars, restaurants and night clubs as friends and families reunite.

The Cambridge Police Department wants to provide the following safety recommendations for residents heading into the weekend:

Plan Ahead Before Going Out
Heading out to a bar, restaurant or night club? Plan ahead. A few ways to play it safe include:

  • Take public transportation or walk to your destination.
  • Travel with a designated driver you can rely on.
  • Order a cab or rideshare to get to your destination(s).
  • Make arrangements to stay the night somewhere near your destination, so you don’t have to drive home until the morning.

Be Safe While Out
With the potential for more people walking and bicycling on roadways and squares shopping or going out late at night, please also follow these tips if you are driving during the holiday weekend (and in the future):

  • Plan your route before heading to your destination
  • Don’t drive under the influence
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Don’t block intersections or bicycle lanes
  • Don’t drive aggressively
  • Drive at a safe speed (remember: as a part of the City’s Vision Zero efforts, the speed limit is 20 mph on most Cambridge streets)
  • Share your location with a trusted loved one if you are traveling alone

Throughout the weekend, the Cambridge Police Department will be monitoring key intersections near the squares, in particular, for traffic concerns and maintaining high visibility.

If alcohol is served while you are enjoying a night out, safeguard your drink(s):

  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers
  • If someone you do not know offers you a drink and you accept, go to the bar with them and have the drink poured and served directly to you
  • If you did not see your drink poured, do not drink it
  • Keep an eye on your friends and their drinks
  • If you believe your drink may be spiked or observe an individual spiking someone else’s drink, immediately call 911.

Protect Your Home If Away
If you are traveling and your residence is unoccupied for the weekend, please consider the following safety tips to keep your home safe for the holidays.

  • Secure all windows, including those upstairs and reduce the chances of easy entry by removing objects that might allow access to your home such as ladders, recycling bins, etc.
  • Have a home security system installed to allow you to check on your residence while you are away or so you can be notified of any suspicious activity.
  • Never leave a key hidden outside.
  • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on publicly available social media accounts letting people know that you will be out of town.
  • Consider asking a trusted neighbor or loved one to keep an eye out on your home if you are away for an extended period of time.

As always, the Cambridge Police Department encourages residents across the City to remain vigilant and be aware of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Those who wish to provide information anonymously may dial the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 and leave a message.  Anonymous tips may also be sent via the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.  To send anonymous tips via email, visit  



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Troopers Ready For Busy Thanksgiving Travel Weekend | KLIN

As Nebraskans prepare to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend state troopers will be on patrol keeping roads safe.  “We are expecting a big increase in roadway travel for Thanksgiving, as many people are hitting the road to visit family and friends,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As families gather across our state, let’s all work together to make sure this Thanksgiving is remembered for those joyous events, rather than a tragedy on the road.”

AAA announced earlier this month that it is projecting the largest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005. The vast majority of those travelers will be using the road to reach their destination.

“Troopers will be on the road throughout the entire state this weekend, working overtime to assist motorists and maintain safe roadways for everyone on the road,” said Colonel Bolduc. “We encourage all drivers to follow traffic safety laws, avoid distractions, and buckle up, every trip and every time.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 279 people were killed in crashes around the country during the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend. More than half were not wearing a seat belt. For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving visit

Any motorist in need of assistance can call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline, 24 hours per day.

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3 crashes shut down 3 major highways in Atlanta on Thanksgiving travel weekend – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Three of Atlanta’s major highways were shut down due to a series of crashes on one of the biggest travel days of the year Sunday morning.

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Around 4 a.m., a wreck involving four vehicles shut down all lanes of I-85 NB at Hwy. 316 in Gwinnett County. Traffic was diverted for several hours. Lanes have since reopened.


Around 6:30, a vehicle fire shut down all lanes of I-20 EB at MLK Jr. Dr. in Atlanta.

Another crash around 7 a.m. shut down all lanes of I-285 at Lavista Rd. in DeKalb County.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in any of the crashes.

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The weekend before Thanksgiving is a busy period for travel. Last year, almost as many Americans traveled by car during Thanksgiving as before the pandemic.

AAA predicts 1.6 million people in Georgia will travel this Thanksgiving. Nationally, AAA expects 49.2 people to travel by car over the holidays.

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