WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - You can expect the D.C. region's normal congestion to be a lot worse Thursday and Friday as travelers hit the roads, rails and skies ahead of Christmas.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says those two days are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday season. The organization predicts 112.5 million people will travel for the year-end holidays resulting in an over four percent increase from last year.
Of those traveling, over 100 million will hit the roads and nearly 7 million will fly. The group say nearly 4 million will use trains, buses and will board cruise ships.
In the D.C. area, AAA says the worst time to drive this holiday season is on Thursday, December 20 between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
With heavy rain coming down in the D.C. area during the Thursday evening rush, commuters driving on the roads or flying out at airports encountered delays.
A weather system featuring heavy rain and wind is expected to move in overnight. Some flights could be delayed or canceled. Double-check your airline's website or app to confirm the status of your flight. pic.twitter.com/oS58YY3BsD— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) December 20, 2018
‘Tis the season for holiday travel - & traffic. Avoid roadway congestion at the airport by using the cell phone lot to wait for arriving friends & family. Pro-tip: go into the airport to meet them! Parking is free for the first 60 minutes in garages 1 and 2. 🚗— Dulles Airport (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) December 20, 2018
3 holiday #traveltips! 1) Up to 60 minutes free parking in/out at our Hourly Garage. 2) Pick-up/drop-off passengers on either the Upper or Lower Level. 3) Our Cell Phone Lot is temporarily expanded for those waiting for arriving passengers. #HolidaysAtBWI https://t.co/muQ1WNxoZY pic.twitter.com/ArDTtiWGQ7— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) December 19, 2018