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Thanksgiving Travel Report

Travel conditions could be trickier than usual Wednesday due to a winter storm moving through the Midwest and Northeast. The storm is sending rain and snow across the Upper Midwest and will end up in the Northeast by early Thanksgiving morning (National Weather Service).

Snowfall ended in many places, like Minneapolis, Wednesday morning, but will continue most of the day across places like Wisconsin and northern Michigan (National Weather Service). As the storm moves farther to the east, areas of light snow and freezing rain will likely cause a few travel disruptions across the interior Northeast by Wednesday night into Thursday.

The wintry weather will expand from northern Pennsylvania and New York on Wednesday night, and into parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire on Thursday (AccuWeather). Snow and ice accumulations are expected to be relatively light but could still make for hazardous road conditions during the busy Thanksgiving travel week (National Weather Service).

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City is expected to proceed under cloudy, cool and damp conditions.

Elsewhere Wednesday, rain and thunderstorms could cause a few travel problems from Texas to the Ohio Valley. The heaviest rain should be in Louisiana and Arkansas. None of the thunderstorms are expected to reach severe levels.

A separate storm will bring rain to the Pacific Northwest coast and high-elevation snow to the Cascades and northern Rockies. In elevations above 3,500 feet, 3 to 7 inches of snow is possible, the weather service predicted.

Be safe in your travels and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Boulderado Hotel, Boulder, Colorado

If there is any place in the world that knows how to make winter about fun, excitement and warmth it is Boulder, Colorado. And there is no better place to make you comfortable on a Boulder vacation than the Boulderado.

The Hotel Boulderado’s unusual name came from combining Boulder and Colorado, which captures the inviting and invigorating spirit of the hotel’s host city and state. The mountain hotel is located in the hip historic district downtown, which is often referred to as feeling “small-town chic”.

The Boulderado first opened on New Year’s Day 1909 and was an instant hit. When you step under the green awning and enter the five-story Italianate brick building and stand under the lobby’s glittering stained-glass ceiling you’ll understand why. Follow the cantilevered cherry staircase from the lobby to any historic room and discover elegant antique and reproduction-style furnishings throughout—but don’t let the facade fool you into thinking the amenities are equally antiquated; every room has flat-screen televisions and high-speed wireless Internet access, and two expansions in the ‘80s brought the number of guest rooms to 160, along with over 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms and historic wedding venue space.

Spruce Farm & Fish offers impeccable contemporary American cuisine, and The Corner Bar’s inviting outside patio and legendary martinis draw locals and travelers alike. License No.1 was styled after a 1920’s speakeasy and offers classic cocktails with live entertainment and light fare. The downtown Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall is one block away, multiplying your dining and shopping choices. But no one will fault you if you stick to your room, intoxicated by the views of the Rocky Mountains from your window.

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Snow and Cold a Safe Bet for NYE in…Las Vegas?

In capital city of odds and wagers it looks as if cold and even snow may be a safe bet this New Year’s Eve – forecasts in Las Vegas have New Year’s Eve snow at 70 percent, along with a 32-degree low. Although on key element, moisture, as been somewhat elusive it will be cold.

Meteorologists have been warning tourists that the need to dress warmly and wear footwear with good traction. Neither of which are what any Vegas tourist is looking forward in a NYE outfit. Some 340,000 people are expected to pack the Strip and Las Vegas’ downtown Fremont area for festivities.

Pyrotechnics specialists organizing the fireworks show discharged from the rooftops of seven casinos were confident that snow wouldn’t effect the event. Michael Mack of Las Vegas Events stated that strong winds was the only weather that would shut down the event entirely and that it never had in fourteen years.

Snow, however, could spell trouble for the airlines. Airplanes coming into Las Vegas will have to bring their own deicing equipment. Las Vega’s McCarran International Airport doesn’t have any on hand and isn’t required to!

Where ever you are spending NYE and whatever the weather have a safe and happy holiday!

Jody Victor

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/12/30/snow-may-distrupt-new-year-eve-in-las-vegas/

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When weather makes travel difficult

So all the headlines this week go like this:
Storm Pounds Coast
Feb 13 Worst Day for Air Travel
Weather woes leave many holiday travel plans up in the air
Airlines struggle back from worst travel day yet

So what do you do when your travel plans are cancelled? Thursday saw 6,533 flights cancelled. Recovery could be slow due to displaced crews as well. Most airlines waived change fees and relaxed rebooking rules for those who still had somewhere to go. It varies by airline. It could take up to a week to reschedule everyone. Some airlines may offer vouchers for use on a future flight.

~ Jody Victor