The weather, the roads, the shopping. Here’s what you need to know before you head out for the Thanksgiving holiday.
(1) The weather: If you’re traveling up north, a high-impact storm is likely to hit the East Coast Wednesday. Meteorologists say I-81 could be particularly bad. The Carolinas, minus the mountains, should get away with rain. Watch the forecast.
(2) The traffic: Gas is cheap, so the roads will be busy. Thankfully, DOT is suspending all road work Wed-Sun. Worst times to drive: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday and most of Saturday. Keep an eye on road conditions here: ncdot.org, scdot.org, @NCDOT and 511sc.org
(3) The airport: Wednesday is the biggest travel day of the long weekend. Here’s some amazing news: American/US Airways will waive ticket change fees for fliers who will pass through any storm-affected city.
The airport’s new daily lot is now open; catch a video tour here:
(4) The food: Don’t forget to eat your turkey. If you don’t want to cook, check out which restaurants are serving up a T’day dinner: Charlotte Observer, About.com and OpenTable.com. And checkout our story on the Bojangles’ Fried Turkey.
(5) Black Friday: Buy a TV, computer, thigh-high boots. And then maybe a few gifts for others. Check out this ongoing feed of Black Friday deals.
(6) The parade: If you LOVE marching bands, then Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in uptown is your ticket. Plus, there will be Segwalloons, a cross between a Segway and a balloon. Or you could just sleep in.
Photo: Todd Sumlin / CharlotteObserver