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Thanksgiving travel guide: Weather, airline, road and driving info

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As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, AAA estimates that 42.5 million people will hit the roads, trains and air to spend the holiday with family and friends.

(Photo: Associated Press)

In fact, that's a 4 percent jump from last year.

MORE: ABC7's Jennifer Donelan reports on the projected jump in holiday travel.

If you're one of them, you know how stressful the actual travel part can be.

Here in the east, rain and even snow are expected in most areas, and the 3.5 million people traveling by air in our area may face delays.

Meanwhile, gas prices have ballooned since this time last year. Prices at the pump are up nearly 50 cents per gallon versus where they were last Thanksgiving.

Luckily, we're here to help. Check out the links below to help you on your way.

Weather, weather everywhere

One of the things none of us can control is the weather on the day we travel. However, you can stay ahead of storms, and potential delays, with these resources.

-ABC7's John Metcalfe put together this handy guide to weather nationwide. It looks like there could be some snow up in New England and rain up and down the West Coast.

-If you're traveling around locally, you've always got ABC7's live Doppler radar to check out.

-As the week goes on, keep up on the StormWatch 7 blog for the latest updates from Doug Hill, Bob Ryan and the rest of the ABC7 weather team.

-Also, don't forget to follow Bob, Doug, Adam Caskey, Brian van de Graaff and the rest of the weather team on Twitter.

Hitting the roads

-The most up-to-the-minute road conditions throughout the nation can be found at Traffic.com.

-If you're traversing the local roads, check out the highway cameras for major roads in Virginia, Maryland, the District, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.

-Another thing you'll need to keep a close eye on is the price of gas. GasBuddy.com is a great resource. They even have an iPhone and Android app.

Flying the friendly skies

Air travel on any major holiday, especially Thanksgiving, can be a burden. There are some simple ways to avoid the most common airport headaches, though.

-First off, always remember what you can and can't bring on the plane so you don't get hung up at security. The TSA has a list of holiday travel tips.

-If you're coming or going from any of the area's three major airports, keep tabs on delays and cancellations at Reagan National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

-You can also check on any flight nationwide with FlightAware.

Riding the rails

Some of you might be taking to the train to get where you're doing. Keep an eye on Amtrak's website for any service disruptions.

If you're sticking around the D.C. area, Metro will run a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day. Friday will run on a normal, 5 a.m. - 3 a.m. schedule. No station closures or track work is scheduled.

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