Have A Happy Thanksgiving By Allowing Plenty Of Travel Time

November 24, 2015
Photo: Interstate 70 traffic I-70 | Nov. 2015 (Staff)
Vehicles are stuck in traffic on Interstate 70 just east of Floyd Hill on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

If you're staying around Denver this Thanksgiving, sit back and enjoy the snow that's expected to roll in. But naturally, if you're traveling, it's a bit more complicated.

People flying out of Denver International Airport should expect long security lines over the holiday weekend. More than 1,000,000 passengers are expected to go through the airport this week. Spokesman Heath Montgomery says that means passengers should allow for some extra time. 

"Looking at the passenger forecast for this week, we are going to start getting busy at 4 or 5 in the morning," Montgomery said. "So even if you have a red-eye flight we are going to need you to get here at least two and a half hours early."

The airport expects passenger traffic to be heaviest on Saturday and Sunday. They'll also be providing live music in the terminal during some peak travel times. 

Drivers should also allow for plenty of extra time this Thanksgiving. AAA spokeswoman Wave Dreher says that 766,000 Coloradans will be traveling more than 50 miles over the holiday, the highest number on the roads in the last seven years. 

And those drivers may see light freezing drizzle on Wednesday night that could make travel hazardous on the I-25 corridor, says the National Weather Service in Boulder.

AAA's Dreher advises that a good way for drivers to stay safe is by not driving drowsy. 

"Drunk driving and drowsy driving look the same on the road. So we're just encouraging people to not drive drowsy. Don't be driving when your body thinks you should be sleeping," Dreher said.