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1 Million Tennessee Travelers Avoid Worst Of Weather, Delays

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The nearly 1 million Tennesseans hitting the roads and airports for the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday appear to have avoided the worst travel snags caused by wintry weather.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said there were no major problems on state roads overnight when conditions had been expected to be at their most challenging.

The Nashville Airport was experiencing no major delays or cancellations through the morning hours. Spokeswoman Emily Richard said that in recent years more travelers have been taking outbound trips earlier to extend their Thanksgiving holiday.

Nationwide, more than 43 million people are to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA. The overwhelming majority - about 39 million people - will be on the roads.

But more than 3 million people are expected to filter through airports, and the weather could snarl takeoffs and landings at some of the busiest hubs on the East Coast, including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C.

Transportation officials advised travelers to check with their airlines and reduce speed on highways. Travel experts suggested airline passengers might be able to have penalty fees waived if they wanted to change their bookings because of the weather.

It was a busy morning at Nashville international Airport as a steady stream of flyers made their way through check-in lines and security.

Some delays have been reported with the winter storm that has made its way across the country over the past couple of days.

At least two flights to New York City and Newark, New Jersey, were cancelled due to the storm.

Flight info for Nashville International Airport

On the ground, gas prices are a little cheaper than a year earlier.

Tennessee is among eight states taking part in the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities" traffic enforcement campaign.

State police and highway patrol agencies will step up patrols along the I-40 corridor on Wednesday and Sunday, the busiest travel days of the period.

The National Weather Service said total snowfall in the higher elevations in the northeastern part of the state could reach up to 5 inches, but that flurries were expected to taper off by midafternoon.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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