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Here’s what you need to know if you’re flying out of Charlotte-Douglas this weekend

Two long-term lots at Charlotte’s airport were full Saturday morning, as the rush of holiday travelers was expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Lots 1 and 2 were full, while parking was still available in Lot 4, the airport tweeted just before 9 a.m.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport predicted that 31,000 travelers would begin their holiday trips there on Friday, the busiest day of the holiday season. The airport normally handles 23,000 to 24,000 local passengers a day in December. The numbers are in addition to the 100,000 passengers who connect through Charlotte each day.

By 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com reported 156 delays into or out of Charlotte Douglas, down considerably from the 209 delays reported at 2 p.m. Friday. The site reported only three flight cancellations all-day Saturday, while seven were reported Friday afternoon.

Please check with your airline on updated flight status,” the airport tweeted Friday morning. “Arrive early and smile!”

No major Charlotte area highway delays were reported Saturday morning, unlike Friday morning when an early morning crash closed I-77 at Exit 25, Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. The northbound lanes were closed until about 10 a.m. so crews could safely remove a sign damaged by the wreck.

Sunny skies finally greeted drivers Saturday morning, after persistent rain Friday. Sunny to mostly sunny skies are expected through the weekend and again on Christmas Day and Wednesday, according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

Highs are expected to be right around the seasonal average, at 53 Saturday, 55 Sunday and 52 Monday and Tuesday. Friday is the next time Charlotte is likely to see showers, NWS meteorologists said.

Bruce Henderson writes about transportation, emerging issues and interesting people for The Charlotte Observer. His reporting background is in covering energy, environment and state news.
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