5 things to keep you safe this Thanksgiving

FILE- This Oct. 8, 2012, file photo shows a Thanksgiving dinner plate of cider brined turkey with sage gravy, peach cranberry sauce, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, sausage pecan stuffing, arugula pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette and goat cheese and herb crusted sweet potatoes in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)
FILE- This Oct. 8, 2012, file photo shows a Thanksgiving dinner plate of cider brined turkey with sage gravy, peach cranberry sauce, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, sausage pecan stuffing, arugula pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette and goat cheese and herb crusted sweet potatoes in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, but there is a lot to consider before heading to Grandma’s house.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL:

First and foremost, our nation’s highways will be clogged with travelers. Gas prices are at a four-year low, so experts say more of you will be on the road. 82,000 Ohioans alone are expected to travel this weekend.

Your best bet? Check the WDTN.com Traffic Alerts page for live cameras keeping close eye on conditions. Check to see if traffic is backed up along your route.

The Dayton International Airport is ready for heavier traffic.

“We anticipate people coming here and having a great experience, getting through the checkpoint and TSA pretty quickly, on average we get you out of here within 4 minutes, if you’re flying out of Dayton its a good thing, we are an easy airport to use,” said Terry Slaybaugh, Dayton International Airport.

You can check your flight by visiting Dayton International Airport on line.

STORM TEAM 2 WEATHER:

Then, there is the weather. Storm Team 2 says your travels Wednesday locally should be dry, but if you’re heading northeast, get ready for rain and snow. A nor’easter is setting up cities from Washington to Boston with heavy to moderate rain Wednesday, followed by snow. New York, for one, is gearing up for several inches of snow.

Higher elevations of west of Interstate 95 could see as much as a foot by the time the nor’easter pushes through.

Here at home, Thanksgiving Day could get a few scattered snow showers. “No significant accumulation is expected,” said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik. “Temperatures should actually start to warm toward the end of the holiday weekend.”

As always, Storm Team 2 is at your beck and call at all hours at WDTN.com. Check current conditions on Live Doppler 2 HD and don’t forget to check our new weather app on your favorite mobile device.

SHOPPING:

Shopping. Oh yes, the shopping. Most stores are opening Thanksgiving Day to get a jump on Black Friday sales.

Analysts say even though the economy is getting stronger, most Americans are still struggling to recover. Most of us are paying more for food, healthcare and other costs.

“Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm.

Heavy discounting for Black Friday always brings out the true shoppers. Major retailers like Walmart, Macy’s, and Kohl’s are opening their doors on Thanksgiving to offer enticing deals.  The ever-expanding Austin Landing has several new stores to choose from this year including Field and Stream who will experience its first Black Friday in the Miami Valley.

DRIVE SAFE:

No matter your plans, always remember to never drink and drive. Find a designated driver or take advantage of Montgomery County’s ArriveSafe program for a free ride home. Simply call 449-9999 and they’ll get you a free cab ride home up to $50.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

As you sit down for that turkey dinner with family and friends, remember that it’s all about giving thanks for all that we have.

And, oh yes, did you know that the average Thanksgiving day meal complete with all the trimmings can easily add up to about 4,000 calories. That, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sure, the turkey is healthy in moderation, but the gravy and stuffing and desserts… not so much.  Dayton Children’s Hospital offers up some healthy advice on what to feed your children on Thanksgiving.

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving from WDTN.

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