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Holiday Travel Plans Surprisingly Smooth

The winter weather is impacting millions of drivers in the Northeast Wednesday, on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The winter weather is impacting millions of drivers in the Northeast Wednesday, on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

AAA estimates about 44 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday. About 39 million people will drive to their destinations and AAA predicts about three million people will fly.

A lot of people traveling, or have friends and family traveling, say they're surprised how smoothly travel plans are going Wednesday, despite the weather.

"I'm happy because she can get here on time," Judy Nickliss, from Willamsport, said.

Nickliss is waiting patiently.

"She's from Canada and she went from Michigan to Detroit and now here," she said.

Her sister is flying in to visit her for the holidays, on the same flight as Diane.

"We've been watching the weather pretty regularly," Donald Ackard, from State College, said.

Ackard and his wife's daughter, Diane will land in state College Wednesday morning, something they were nervous wouldn't happen.

After snow and ice blanketed the region Tuesday, the Ackard's worried their plans would have to change.

According to a TripAdvisor poll, 16 percent of travelers expect inclement weather to affect their Thanksgiving travel plans, but 84 percent are optimistic it won't.

Most flights in and out of University Park Airport are still scheduled and on time Wednesday, but four flights to and from Philadelphia have either been canceled or delayed.

Marc Giller, from France, considers himself lucky.

"So far, I cannot complain," he said.

Giller is flying to Miami Wednesday and so far, his trip has been easy.

"It's surprising me yes and no," he said. "I know they're used to this kind of weather, so they know what to do."

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