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Winter weather could pose problem for folks headed home later this week

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

AAA predicts more than 87 million people will travel for the holiday week. In North Carolina, about 2.5 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more.

Most of those travelers will hit the roadways. A check of the Rock Hill rest stop on Sunday revealed a revolving door of drivers. For Wendy Patrick, the destination was back home from celebrating an early Christmas in the mountains.

"Little dusting..patches of ice here and there but nothing serious at all," Patrick said.

The Pfile family postponed travel until Sunday due to possible bad weather on their route from Pittsburgh to Charleston, SC.

Six percent (5.6 million) of people took to the skies this time around. The Charlotte Douglas airport was all decked out in holiday decor and some travelers donned their Christmas best.

John Laine sported red reindeer ears to greet his granddaughters. Laine flew in from Dallas saying he prefers to fly over the thousand mile drive.  

AAA reports ticket prices fell from this time over last. The average lowest round-trip rate was just over $200 for the top 40 U.S. air routes.

Brian Howard paid around $300 for his round trip fare to Boston. He's cautiously optimistic he chose the best way to travel,"as long as the weather holds up," Howard said.

Charlotte Douglas Airport had few cancellations and delays Sundays. Delays ranged from 1 to 3 hours. That could change later in the week. More winter weather is expected for cities north and west of Charlotte.

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