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Winter weather could disrupt holiday travel plans


Winter weather is hitting Michiana just in time for a very busy travel day.

Travelers coming through the South Bend Airport either by plane or train, dodged the storm setting up for the busiest travel day of the holiday season, the day before Thanksgiving.

"I'm just really thankful that I got here before any of that happens so I didn't have to sit here and do any delays whatsoever," says Hank Hernandez, who is traveling home from a trip to Florida.

AAA says about a million people in Indiana will travel for the holiday. About 72,000 will travel by plane.

The South Bend Regional Airport is ready for them, even with snow on the way.

"The airport runways have not been closed down since 1985, so that's something we're very proud of. So no matter the amount of snow, we're confident the runways will be clear and ready for planes as they're coming and going," says Julie Curtis, with the South Bend Airport.

The South Bend Regional Airport says while the runways here will be maintained, there's not much they can do if arriving flights from other airports are late, creating a domino effect.

"They'll (passengers) want to arrive at the airport about 90 minutes in advance, but if they check the flight status before they arrive and there are any delays, that can help them with staying comfortable in their own homes," says Curtis.

While thousands will be flying through Indiana, AAA says most of those traveling will be driving.

"Our entire northwest district, we have a full callout of plows ready to go. We've been pre-treating all day," says Matt Deitchley with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Deitchley says while crews will be on top of it, make other plans if you can.

"If you're maybe driving through one of the areas that could likely have this snow tonight, really plan ahead. Maybe you wait till after or maybe Wednesday night, whenever the all clear kinda sounds," says Deitchley.

The experts say they'll do their best to get everyone where they want to go.

"We're really just asking for everyone's patience. We know everybody wants to get to their family in time for the holidays and they will get there," says Curtis.

Another tip from AAA: If you're flying, try to carry-on instead of checking your luggage. That way if schedules change, you'll have what you need with you.

Also, if you're driving through the bad weather, make sure to have an emergency kit with you, with things like snacks and blankets.

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