Winter storms threaten Thanksgiving travel plans

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Northwest Indiana and Michigan might get a bushel of snow as a storm rumbles toward the East Coast Tuesday.

It’s all hampering holiday travel for thousands, including many here in the Chicago area.

Just as the snow began to fall outside O’Hare Airport Tuesday night, the holiday spirit inside was on its way up.

“I was a little concerned yesterday when it was starting to snow, but I think will get out OK,” said Hollia Pickett.

Hollia Pickett was one of the thousands here early, fearing an East Coast winter storm would ground their Thanksgiving plans. They were lucky.

“We’re very happy. Because as much as we love O’Hare like not to spend Thanksgiving here,” one traveller said.

“The two days before thanksgiving are at least in the top 10 busiest days of the year,” said Brett Anderson with Travelocity.

More than 25 million Americans are expected to fly Tuesday and Wednesday, even without weather, delays will happen.

Some, passing their time at O’Hare, waiting for those from the East Coast to arrive like Ayla Embil’s son, who’s in Rochester, NY.

“He just left as the snow was hitting, but he got on a plane and he got out,” she said.

Travelocity says one way you can stay ahead of delays is by checking in early.  That can get you a leg up if your flight gets canceled, and you are rebooked onto a new flight.

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