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What to expect around Thanksgiving holiday

Crowds hit the stores at Tyrone Square Mall Black Friday.


Crowds hit the stores at Tyrone Square Mall Black Friday.

On the road

Two million Floridians are expected to travel to their Thanksgiving destinations by car. The Wednesday before the holiday and the Sunday after will be the busiest for motorists. Gas prices spiked ahead of the holiday, but experts say that won't change plans.


As many as 55,000 travelers are expected to pass through Tampa International Airport on Wednesday and Sunday. Give yourself at least 90 minutes to check in and clear security before boarding your flight. If you're picking up family at the airport, wait in the cellphone lot.

Black Friday?

Guess how many shopping days till Christmas. If you haven't already heard, you soon will. Retailers are ringing in the holidays earlier than ever. This year, most major retailers will be open on Thanksgiving, taking a little of the luster off Black Friday.

Don't wait to start shopping on Black Friday. This year, the best deals start on Thursday. Most major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving night with door-buster prices and other promotions. The late Thanksgiving means there are six fewer days between Turkey Day and Christmas, the shortest shopping season in more than a decade.


Thanksgiving week should see high temperatures in the 70s or low 80s and lows in the 50s or 60s. Some rain is possible on Tuesday and Wednesday as a cool front moves through. Thanksgiving Day should be mostly sunny with a high in the upper 60s or low 70s.

Times staff

What to expect around Thanksgiving holiday 11/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 9:21pm]
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