HOLIDAY TRAVEL GUIDE

Holiday travel guide 2011: Airports, weather information and transit advice

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The holiday travel season can be extremely hectic and stressful, and we're looking to take some of the burden off. Here's a collection of information and links to help you get from point A to point B a little bit easier.

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Is the weather outside really frightful?

No one can control the weather on the days we fly or drive. However, you can stay ahead of storms, and potential delays, with these resources.

-Here's our look, as of Friday morning, at what the weather could look like nationwide. If your travel takes you through Denver or any other areas that have had snow lately, you should probably double-check to make sure your flight is on time.

-If you're sticking around here to enjoy what's expected to be a fairly dry and cool weekend around D.C., you've always got ABC7's live Doppler radar to check out.

-As the weekend 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 for the most up-to-the-second weather information.

The long and winding road

AAA says that 90 percent of people traveling more than 50 miles from their homes will drive. Use these resources to make your drive less stressful and much safer.

-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.

Getting through security

Air travel on any major holiday, especially the Christmas season, 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 issued a helpful list of holiday travel tips. The one to remember the most? Don't forget that you can't take wrapped gifts onto your plane.

-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, you need to know that Metro will slightly amend its rail schedule for the extended holiday weekend.

On Friday, Metro will run extra trains during the afternoon, as many are expected to leave work early for the holiday weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see normal rail service with no track work scheduled.

On Monday, though, Metro will observe an amended holiday schedule. Trains will run between 7 a.m. and midnight and buses will keep to a Sunday schedule.

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