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FBI Issues Warning as Holiday Travelers Hit the Road

11-25-2015
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Nearly 47 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during Thanksgiving week, the most travelers since 2007 and 300,000 more than last year.

According to AAA, they're motivated by an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline over the Thanksgiving holiday since 2007.

At the same time, the FBI issued an alert warning Americans of the potential for copycat terror attacks, like those in Paris and Mali, here at home.

The warning includes beefed-up security at "softer targets," like malls, trains and airports across the country.

The FBI has not identified a specific plot and there's a general belief among law enforcement that ISIS has not sent a cell from Syria to the United States as it did in Paris. The FBI is focusing, however, on ISIS followers in the United States with 24-hour blanket surveillance.

"We have to go through protocols. Bad guys only have to be right once and that's something we have to guard against constantly," said Emilio Gonzalez, director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

For travelers out west, snow may prove more dangerous than any terror threat this week.

"Heading up 80 is not the safest drive, especially going over Donner Pass," remarked one traveller. "It was a pain. With the conditions like this, it's hard."

An Artic cold front is setting the stage for wintry weather across the northwest and southwest.

Winter storm warnings are in place in Oregon, northeast California, northern Nevada, south-central Idaho, and western Montana.

Up to six inches of snow are expected across parts of the Cascades, the Wasatch, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada.

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