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Severe weather hampers post-Thanksgiving travel

Travelers disembark an Amtrak train at South Station, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Severe weather in other parts of the country, including heavy snowfall in the Pacific Northwest and rain showers in the east, scuttled some New Englanders’ post-Thanksgiving travel plans on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

“The weather definitely puts a damper on things,” said Mark Schieldrop, a spokesman for AAA Northeast.

As of Sunday night, 393 flights were delayed at Boston Logan International Airport and five were canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. More than 6,000 flights were delayed across the nation.

The roadways were expected to be busiest Sunday before 8 p.m., Schieldrop said, when local residents were finishing their weekend excursions and returning home from Thanksgiving destinations under rain showers that moved in from the Midwest.


AAA predicted Thanksgiving travel this year would approach pre-pandemic volume, after plummeting in 2020, with nearly 55 million people traveling 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday. The Federal Aviation Administration anticipated 46,790 flights across the continental US on Sunday. The Transportation Security Administration expected to screen more than 2.5 million passengers at US checkpoints.

Last year, it was still a little bit of an off year. We’re still kind of coming off the pandemic this year,” Schieldrop said. “In a few more weeks, we’ll get a better sense of where this year ended up, but it seems like there were definitely a lot of folks out there.”

Wilson Rickerson, of Jamaica Plain, and his family flew home Sunday afternoon, after spending Thanksgiving with relatives in Charlotte, N.C. They landed at Logan shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday without experiencing any delays.

“It was actually surprisingly fairly smooth,” Rickerson said of his Sunday travels. “We were girding ourselves for [delays].”

The rainfall had begun to taper off about 10 p.m. in Eastern Massachusetts but light showers could continue through the night, with temperatures dropping into the high 40s, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Norton.


Monday will be sunny and breezy, however, with skies remaining mostly clear at night.

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny, but chillier weather on Tuesday, with temperatures around the mid-40s during the day and dipping into the 30s at night.

More showers are expected Wednesday, with winds gusting as high as 41 miles per hour at night.

Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.

Deanna Pan can be reached at deanna.pan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @DDpan.