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Messy weather causing many to change holiday travel plans

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ALBANY, N.Y. – As messy weather spreads throughout the east, many Thanksgiving travelers are changing their plans.

With his wife, kids, and dog in tow, Michael Short wanted to beat the nasty weather that was traveling east as he travelled from Rochester going down to Long Island.

But so far, he says the trip has been anything but pleasant.

"Absolutely horrendous, traffic has been horrible," he explained.

According to Short, on average, drivers have been going about 40 to 50 miles per hour on the Thruway, making his usual 5 hour trek home to see the family for Thanksgiving into a 12 hour ordeal.

"You'd think we'd be used to it living up north but it's the first storm," he said.

Over at Albany International Airport, some travelers planned for the messy Thanksgiving commute in advance.

But for Short and his family, the advance planning didn't pay off so well with slushy roads and a slow commute.

"I don't know if leaving early made it worse," he said.

He expected to get to Long Island by midnight Wednesday.

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