As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend came to an end, the TSA expected Sunday to be the busiest travel day of the season, with Boston’s Logan International Airport screening tens of thousands of outgoing travelers.
The Transportation Security Administration expected to potentially screen more than 70,000 people at Logan Airport on Sunday, the administration said in a statement. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, another major travel day, Logan saw more than 68,000 outgoing passengers, the administration said.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, seven flights were canceled and 292 delayed at Logan, according to aviation monitoring website Flight Aware.
The Boston area was expected to get rough weather overnight into early Monday morning — rain and 25 to 35-mile-per-hour winds — which, because of the timing, doesn’t interfere with most people’s travel plans, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bryce Williams.
“We’re not expecting it to really impact people too much, because it’s going to start closer to midnight tonight and the bulk of [the rain] is going to be out of here by 6 or 7 a.m.,” Williams said in a phone interview Sunday.
Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard were forecast to see winds of up to 50 miles per hour Sunday night and Monday, but wind damage was not expected, since many trees have already lost their leaves, Williams said.
Across the United States, the overall busiest time to drive on Sunday was between 3 and 5 p.m., while the best time was before noon, according to a report from AAA.
Scheduled construction work taking place on major roadways outside established work zones was postponed until Monday at 5 a.m., to ease post-holiday road travel, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Around 10:30 a.m., at a bustling — but not too crowded — South Station in Boston, a group of train travelers stood and sat around the concourse while keeping an eye on the colossal departure schedule board hanging overhead.
Many passengers gravitated to fast-food kiosks to grab coffees, pastries, and hamburgers before their departures, resulting in a few lines.
Christine Koulopoulos, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., waited for her Amtrak train home after visiting family in Boston for Thanksgiving. Her sister drove her to South Station, and they didn’t encounter much traffic on the way over, she said.
“It’s been pretty easy,” Koulopoulos said. “I take this train to New York a lot, and I’ve had much worse days traffic-wise, compared to this.”