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Thanksgiving travel could be stifled by coastal storm

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - With the first major winter storm of the season bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic, many eyes are already on more than just the skies.

With the busy Thanksgiving travel season on the doorstep, many worried eyes are on departure boards at the three D.C. area airports.

Storms that have dumped heavy precipitation across the United States have already canceled or delayed hundreds of flights, including more than 300 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport alone Monday. That's causing a ripple effect at airports around the country.

And, with the possibility of nasty weather coming to the Washington area, some travelers are nervous already.

"They changed my flight, and they said because of weather," traveler Toni Nerio said after her flight was switched to Washington Dulles International Airport, rather than Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. "(But) everything was good."

Many major airlines are already trying to make some plans ahead of the storm, but forecasters think this storm, which will begin creeping into the area on Tuesday morning, will be mainly a rain event for most of their hubs.

However, some carriers, including Delta, are among those considering waiving their change fees over the next two days.

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