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More than 43 million Americans are expected to head to a holiday destination, making it busiest travel day of the year, but the weather forecast could affect those plans.

Almost 39 million or 90 percent are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home by motor vehicle, according to AAA projections. 

However, WFSB Meteorologist Mark Dixon said the weather team is tracking rain right now, but a drop in the temperature could lead to a possible nor'easter for next week.

"And the timing isn't good for holiday travel," Dixon said.

The storm is expected to bring a lot of rain to Connecticut and impact Southern New England next week.

Nov. 27 will be the "busiest single day of travel" with 37 percent of travelers expected to leave for the holiday.

"While the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of the recovery is creating uncertainty in the minds of some consumers and therefore AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year," said AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney on its website.

Good news for drivers this holiday season is gas prices are the lowest for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2010.

"The primary focus of Thanksgiving, more so than any other holiday, is to gather with friends, family and loved ones and celebrate with each other. Travelers attempting to carve out a travel budget will be happy to know that Thanksgiving will be the least expensive holiday of the year," Doney said.

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