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November 25, 2013

Weather likely to affect Thanksgiving travel

Region could see 3 inches of rain tomorrow

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In Massachusetts, state police said they are focused on making sure everyone’s seat belts are fastened.

“The single most important thing that motorists can do to keep themselves safe while driving this Thanksgiving is to buckle up and make sure everyone else in the vehicle is buckled up,” police said in a prepared statement.

But the weather will remain a major factor.

“Activity will likely start (tonight) between 8 p.m. and midnight,” Kistner said. “The system will bring heavy rain and winds by Wednesday morning.”

At Public Service of New Hampshire, officials are monitoring the forecast to prepare for potential power outages. Utility crews were busy all weekend after tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents lost power after high wind blew trees down and branches into wires.

But no extra manpower has been called in for Thanksgiving — yet.

“ We’re keeping a very close eye on weather,” said Martin Murray, spokesman for PSNH. “ It’s a forecast, not an event right now. Obviously, we’ll be prepared to make that call if conditions warrant. We don’t always wait for outages, but if stars are misaligned, we will seek help before a storm comes just in case.”

While tomorrow’s storm will not likely bring winter weather, people have been preparing for winter all month.

At Fay’s Salem Tire, winter tires are flying off the shelves.

“People really start getting them the beginning of November,” said Mike Barnes, operations manager at Fay’s. “If you wait until the snow starts, it becomes tougher to find them.”

While there won’t be any snow tomorrow, that won’t be making it any easier to drive.

“I know I’m going to be leaving on Tuesday now,” Kistner said. “I don’t want to be driving Wednesday.”

Kistner said the high temperature should nudge 40 degrees today before the precipitation starts tonight.

Highs tomorrow are expected to approach 60 degrees. It will likely cool down on Thursday with a high of 32.

It could be chilly night for Black Friday shoppers with a high of 15 Thursday night.

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