Bands of heavy rain, ice and snow were upending some holiday travel plans on the East Coast on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year. But the wintry mix was not causing the widespread gridlock that had been feared. There was even hope that the iconic balloons will be able to join the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Cancellations, delays persist
More than 290 flights to, from or within the United States were canceled Wednesday, according to flightaware.com. Most of were in or out of Newark Liberty International, Philadelphia International and LaGuardia. At Tampa International Airport, at least 130 flights were delayed at an average of 53 minutes, spokeswoman Emily Nipps said. None were canceled.
Wintry chill hits the Sunshine State
High temperatures today probably won't make it out of the 50s, though skies will be sunny in the Tampa Bay area. Cold weather shelters opened Wednesday night in Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. A freeze watch was posted for Hernando and Citrus counties. A warming trend will begin Friday, pushing weekend highs into the mid-70s.
A blustery day for parade balloons
The New York Police Department will decide this morning whether it's too windy for the 16 Macy's parade balloons, but officials were optimistic. "It looks good," said NYPD Chief of Patrol James Hall. "It looks very good." Wind exceeding 23 mph with gusts above 34 mph would ground the balloons. The forecast calls for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph.