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Heavy Rain, Snow Facing Thanksgiving Day Travelers

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forty-two million Americans plan to hit the road or take to this skies this week for Thanksgiving, according to AAA.  And for many of those travelers, their holiday meals will be met with a side of bad weather.

Two major storms are brewing in the U.S. and they're expected to cause some headaches for those traveling between now and Thanksgiving day.

One storm is in the Northwest and it's projected to bring up to eight inches of rain and 80 mile per hour winds on the coast, and two feet of snow in the mountains.

The other system is a low centered in the eastern half of the country, moving from Texas towards the Northeast.

As ABC News Weather Editor Sam Champion explains, "Severe storms today [Tuesday] will travel anywhere from Texas all the up toward Arkansas and well into Kentucky.  The low starts to move toward the Northeast and then becomes a soaking rain event for a good part of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, with up to two inches of rain coming from Boston and New York."

And while heavy rain pounds New York City and nearby metropolises, travelers in New England will face another nuisance: snow.

"It becomes a big snowmaker for extreme northern New England that is going to mean more than a foot of snow in the mountains there, that's northern New York State from Vermont and New Hampshire on into Maine," Champion says.

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Southeast Thaws Out as Winter Storm Heads North

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The winter storm that grounded travelers and created icy roads across the southeast Monday is heading toward the northeast on Tuesday.

As it moves up the coast, weather forecasters said it will combine with snow from the midwest, bringing eight to 16 inches of snow in some areas, particularly in New England and New York's Long Island.

"It will be intensifying rapidly later today and tonight as it moves north," National Weather Service Meteorologist Christopher Hedge told ABC News Radio.  "And some heavy snow will be moving into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, especially along the I-95 corridor from New Jersey all the way up through Boston."

Snow is expected to arrive Tuesday night and into the overnight with the heaviest snow to fall east of New York City.  It's the third time since Christmas a snowstorm has headed to the northeast.

Connecticut resident Denise Creacy says it's too much.  "I need a break but everybody's getting it.  My brother's from Atlanta and he texted me.  He goes, 'It shut down the city we have six inches,'" Creacy told ABC News Radio.  "'I'm like, six inches, what's that.'  Get your broom, you'll be fine."

From the Carolinas to Georgia to Tennessee, Southeast residents face lingering problems as authorities work to restore power and commuters drive on ice-covered roads.

The storm dropped about 15 inches of snow in parts of Jackson County, North Carolina, Monday.

Atlanta drivers are facing chaotic conditions after four-to-seven inches of snow and sleet turned many of the interstates into sheets of ice.  But the icy roads aren't their only concern.  About 1,000 people in the Atlanta area are still without power.

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Stranded Fliers Scramble for Flights, Get Busy Signals

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fliers trying to head in or out of the Northeast Wednesday will still face long lines, confusion and a maddening scramble for available seats.

Even though the snow has stopped and airports have re-opened, the airlines are running on reduced schedules and canceling or delaying hundreds of flights.

Continental canceled more than 520 departures Tuesday, the vast majority of them on smaller regional jets.  There was only one runway open at the airline's hub in Newark, New Jersey.  On the other side of New York City, Kennedy Airport also operated most of the day on one runway.

Some people have now been told there won't be seats on flights for them until sometime during the new year.

"There is an eight to 10 hour wait just to get to a ticketing agent," one traveler at Los Angeles International Airport said Tuesday.  "The ticketing agent tells you at that point that the first available flight to Newark or anywhere on the East Coast is Jan. 1 or 2."

Passengers from coast to coast had one persistent complaint: They couldn't get answers from anybody at the airlines.

Phone lines jammed with multi-hour waits and airline websites crashed at points because of the increased volume.  Now, the airlines don't just risk losing millions of dollars but also thousands of passengers burned by bad customer service.

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Stranded Fliers Might Not Get Home Until Thursday

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some airline passengers stranded in the northeast from this weekend's blizzard might have to wait until the end of the week to make it home.

Flights slowly started to return to the air Monday night, but the backlog created by the storm might take days to clear as airlines struggle during one of the busiest times of year to reposition airplanes and crew, and find seats on already-crowded planes for stranded passengers.

"You are trying to put them on planes that are already packed.  There isn't a lot of room to re-accommodate folks," said AirTran Airways spokesman Christopher White.  His airline is hoping to return to normal operations by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Those with confirmed tickets for flights Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday typically get priority over passengers whose flights were canceled earlier in the week.

New York's three area airports re-started some operations Monday night.  A LaGuardia Airport spokesman said they planned to open a second runway Tuesday morning.

For airlines, the problem might not be whether planes can take off and land, but whether there will be enough staff at the airport to load baggage, take tickets and do security screenings of passengers.

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