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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Holiday travel underway
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It is a weekend for reunions as millions of Americans begin the trek to spend Christmas with family and friends. YNN's Bill Carey says, as usual, Mother Nature is not being particularly cooperative with those trying to make it home for the holidays.

UNITED STATES -- It is not the work by Dickens that we may traditionally think of at Christmas. But Charles began his Tale of Two Cities saying, "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."

That may be more fitting for those beginning their travel on a holiday weekend. The best of times. The worst of times. Made worse by the usual weather issues.

This time around, a major winter storm moving through the Plains and the Midwest and headed to the Northeast. Ground zero for the storm on Thursday seemed to be Kansas City. Just the type of thing to put Brian Holmes on edge. He and his family were bound and determined to make it back to his hometown of Binghamton.

“Traveling with five, it gets a little exciting. I'm not the best traveler. I get a little anxiety going, but we usually get there. Just got to be a little patient,” said Brian Holmes, Kansas City.

And the news for Brian was good. The weather in Kansas City finally broke and his flights were on time. So far, most travelers have been making it to and from Hancock Airport in good shape. Just a handful of delays. Still, when you're waiting for relatives to make it through bad weather, it is not the most settled of times.

“We live up on a hill and the wind was blowing pretty rough and the snow started falling early this morning where we are, because we're up high. I was a little nervous,” said Sherill Ketchum, Skaneateles.

And even though Sherill Ketchum's son had to travel through Chicago, often the nexus of travel delays, the story ended well.

“Wonderful ending. My son came in from San Francisco and his friend is here now from Richmond, Virginia and we're just waiting for the bag and we're heading out,” said Ketchum.

It may be inevitable that for thousands of travelers this holiday weekend, it will be the worst of times. But for now, it remains - for many - the best of times.

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