Christmas travel forecast: Weather to improve for major hubs

A storm system will continue to move off the Eastern Seaboard

The frightful weather that impacted busy airport hubs on Saturday is expected to turn more delightful Sunday as the storm system that produced precipitation from Texas to New England continues to push eastward. reported just over 5,000 flight delays worldwide on Sunday, with 675 delays within, into or leaving the United States. The website also reported about 1,571 cancellations worldwide, with 233 of those affecting flights within, into or out of the United States.

With the continued eastward movement of the storm system, major cities such as Houston, Atlanta and New York won’t see anything other than partly sunny skies on Sunday.

Forecast models show lingering wet weather for the Sunshine State and coastal New England, which could lead to a few travel delays.


Meteorologists expect a ridge of high pressure to build into much of the eastern third of the nation during the Christmas week, which will end up being a traveler’s best friend.

Storm systems for the foreseeable future will be kept at bay from the country’s busiest airports.

On Monday, unsettled weather will exist along the Gulf Coast and the Pacific Northwest. Still, impacts from the storm systems are expected to be limited as the country enters the final stretch before the Christmas holiday.

AAA expects more than 109 million people will travel more than 50 miles to get to their holiday destination.

If predictions hold true, the U.S. will see about a 34 percent increase in travelers over last year. 

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