Rain and snowstorms could greet holiday travelers

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2014 7:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Many of the nearly 100 million holiday travelers expected to hit the road, head to airports and climb aboard trains in the coming days may have to negotiate rain or snow forecast to fall across large swaths of the U.S.

Travelers from the Rockies to the Upper Great Lakes could see snow, while showers and thunderstorms across the Mississippi Valley could strengthen Tuesday into Wednesday and move to the southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England, according to the National Weather Service.

But meteorologist Amy Seeley said various computer models showed differing forecasts Monday and "aren't in agreement yet."

More than 90 percent of some 98.6 million holiday travelers are expected to get to and from home by car during the next two weeks, while about 6 percent are expected to fly, according to Julie Hall, spokeswoman for the AAA motor club.

AAA expects car travel to be up more than 4 percent this year compared to 2013. Hall says that's at least partly due to lower gas prices.