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Use Caution As Winter Weather & Holiday Travel Collide

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People driving to their Thanksgiving Day destination will have to endure wet and slick roads. People driving to their Thanksgiving Day destination will have to endure wet and slick roads.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Heavy downpours, snow, wind and slick roads have been hampering Thanksgiving travel plans for many people in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

The weather, which snarled traffic and caused accidents, forced some travelers to change plans at a time when roads are busiest.

Motor club AAA is urging drivers to fill up their gas tanks before heading out on the roads, especially with a higher likelihood of delays.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said it has several crews on standby across the Upstate to remove debris and downed power lines from roadways.

Cold, wet and snowy conditions are expected around the country during what's typically a busy travel time. As a result, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to be extra cautious.

Last year, 10 people died on the roads during the holiday travel period. So far this year, the number of traffic deaths has dropped going into Thanksgiving. 683 people have died compared to 774 at this time in 2012. More troopers and officers will be patrolling interstates and main arteries to try and keep those numbers from rising.

"While fatalities are down this year, alcohol and speed continue to be the root cause of too many deaths on our highways," Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver said. "Whether people are traveling long distances or staying close to home, their best defense is to buckle up and slow down."

AAA Carolinas is predicting 630,000 people in South Carolina will drive 50 miles or more from home to celebrate between Wednesday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It also estimates that 90 percent of South Carolina's Thanksgiving travelers will drive rather than fly.

To help you get to your holiday destination, make sure you check the forecast before you go. You can also get real-time updates on traffic conditions by clicking here.

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