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6 must-read tips before you leave for the Thanksgiving holiday

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 and

(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:

Get all airport updates on Twitter ( @CLTAirport) or

 (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, and 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