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Sunny Weather, Heavy Traffic Expected Thanksgiving Morning

Connecticut residents woke to brisk, sunny weather Thanksgiving morning and the early signs of highway congestion expected to pick up throughout the day.

The National Weather Service projects temperatures in the Hartford area to reach the low 40s Thursday and dip into the 30s by evening.

By Thursday afternoon, traffic was a headache for only the southern end of the state, where I-95 was sluggish around Greenwich and immobile for a three-mile stretch between exits 2 and 5. A two-car accident in the fourth and fifth lanes of I-95 North has shut down the left lane.

In the rest of the state, traffic had largely evaporated by early afternoon.

More than 2 million New Englanders were expected to travel during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to auto club AAA, the highest traffic volume since 2005.

Connecticut state police said Wednesday they were “ramping up” efforts to keep highways safe Thanksgiving weekend. Patrols “will focus on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers and drunk drivers,” the agency said in a release.

State police issued 896 speeding violations, 311 seat belt violations and 2,503 other hazardous violations during last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, according to agency data. Fifty-one people were arrested on DUI charges.

State police also investigated 392 crashes, including 42 that caused injuries and one resulting in a fatality.

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