Busy day of travel expected heading into holiday weekend


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Another busy day of holiday travel is expected for Friday as weather is once again going to play a major factor.

TSA  officials expect a record number of travelers — close to 2.7 million — to be screened at airports each day over the holiday weekend. With more people and more bags, it’s best to give yourself extra time to get through security.

The travel frenzy began on Thursday, Dec. 20 — but instead of the crowds, the weather became a big issue for many people. A massive storm hit as one in three of Americans were expected to travel for holiday celebrations.

The storm brought  heavy rain, strong winds and bumper-to-bumper traffic. It affected travel on some of the nation’s busiest highways — including parts of Interstate 95 and Interstate 40.

One person was injured after a line of storms and a possible tornado damaged 70 homes in Tampa, Florida. 

The rain also complicated air travel on Thursday — leading to more than 150 cancellations and 4,000 delays nationwide. 

If you’re flying into or out of the Hampton Roads region, check the latest departure and arrival information for Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport online.

The rain is forecast to continue throughout the day Friday, after a line of showers crossed through Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina during the early morning hours.

Steady rainfall over the course of Friday could lead to some minor flooding in some areas and ponding on the roads. The rest of the weekend should be clearer weather-wise — with more sunshine and seasonable temperature forecast for Saturday through Christmas Day.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest forecast and traffic information.  

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