Expect holiday travel delays Thursday and Friday, AAA says

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Millions of Americans went away for the Christmas holiday, and now, they are starting to head home. Holiday traffic is expected to be at its worst on Thursday and Friday.

According to AAA, the day after Christmas is typically the worst in terms of traffic congestion, particularly between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Locally, however, things may be a bit different. A transportation analytics company reports that Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be the worst time to travel if you are headed to or from Boston.

Nationally, drivers could experience double the traffic times both Thursday and Friday afternoons.

22News spoke with a New Hampshire resident who visited family in Chicopee. He said his ride from New Hampshire went smoothly and is hoping for the same as he heads home.

“We left early yesterday morning to get down here there was no one on the roads. I suspect this afternoon going home it might be a little busier but we’ll see.”

-Nathaniel Graham, traveled from New Hampshire to visit family in Chicopee

You should make sure to plan ahead if you are making a longer drive, and prepare for big crowds at airports, and bus/train stations.

7 million people are expected to fly between now and New Years. AAA also expects roads and airports could be busy until January 4th as people travel home after the new year.

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