Posted by: jwtarr | November 30, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Travel to Central New York

It’s pretty snowy up here in Syracuse and that had me interested in what travel conditions are, and will be, like as many students return for their last week of classes.  From what I am seeing, you may want to hold off on those travel plans until later tonight or tomorrow morning if possible. 

Current Weather in Central New York and Across the Nation


The forecast for today in Syracuse is a wintry mix of precipitation.  Periods of light snow will be followed by sleet which will turn into rain by later tonight.  Forecasters expect a slushy inch before the rain moves in between 5-8pm. 

If you can hold off, it might be a good idea to wait another 24 hours before you leave.  Forecasts for Monday are looking pretty good.  It should be rather dry with a little bit of rain in the evening.  Temperatures should be peaking in the mid-40’s.

Forecasters say the current problems are due to two big storm systems, one bringing snow to the Midwest and the other bringing rain to the northeast, clashing in many major cities across the United States.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

If it is any indication of what looks to be a day of headaches for travelers, Syracuse Hancock International Airport was reporting many delays this morning/afternoon.  At least 19 flights (departures and arrivals) had been significantly delayed this afternoon.

Here are a look at some of the other delays reported by airports across the country.  Many of these delays are directly affecting travel back to Central New York.

  • Atlanta- Average delays of 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Chicago O’Hare- Average delays of 1 hour and 37 minutes
  • Newark- Average delays of 2 hours and 29 minutes
  • Weschester County Airport- Average delays of 3 hours and 9 minutes
  • JFK- Average delays of 2 hours and 11 minutes
  • LaGuardia- Average delays of 2 hours and 21 minutes
  • Philadelphia- Average delays of 2 hours

For a complete look at airport delays across the country check out the FAA’s interactive map.

Syracuse Roadways

Syracuse police are responding to several accidents on the highways in Syracuse.  Accidents on I-690 East and I-481 South tied up traffic.  Police are also reporting that there are a number of other accidents on Onondaga County roads, most likely due to the slick conditions.



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