Strong winds and snow hamper holiday travel

Hundreds of Long Islanders traveling for the holidays this weekend will be facing weather-related obstacles.

Hundreds of Long Islanders traveling for the holidays this weekend will be facing weather-related obstacles. (12/22/12)

WOODBURY - Hundreds of Long Islanders traveling for the holidays this weekend will be facing weather-related obstacles.

Strong wind gusts in the Northeast are expected to cause delays at area airports. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled in the Midwest, where a snowstorm dumped almost a foot of snow in some places and knocked out power.

The Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimates one in four Americans will be driving long distances for Christmas and New Year's. Gas prices have fallen from last month, with the average price on Long Island coming in around $3.77 a gallon.

To ease congestion for travelers, the Long Island Rail Road will have extra trains running this weekend and on Christmas Eve.

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