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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 pm

By Krista M. Madkins

Killeen Daily Herald

An estimated 364,000 Texans are expected to take to the skies this holiday weekend; the Friday is anticipated to be the busiest traveling day.

"Come early to get through security, maybe an hour to an hour and a half for smaller airports. For larger airports, such as the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, arrive two to three hours early," said Ed Martelle, spokesman for American Airlines.

Flights times, cancellations and arrivals depend heavily on the weather, especially in the nation's four cornerstone cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C., said Martelle.

Regionally, travelers heading north could run into some trouble.

Steve Fano, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said a mix of snow and rain is forecast for Tarrant County Saturday morning.

"Right now we're thinking the impact will be fairly minimal," he said, adding there will not be a significant accumulation of snow. "Any person heading north and northwest toward Amarillo and Oklahoma may encounter more travel problems because they'll have a better chance of snow and temperatures will be colder."

Fano said a winter storm isn't likely for Texas this weekend, unlike the deadly storm that swept through the Panhandle earlier this week.

That storm wreaked havoc in multiple states and killed four people in eastern New Mexico and two people in eastern Colorado.

On Wednesday, officials reopened Interstate 40 in the Panhandle and New Mexico and portions of Interstate 70 in western Kansas that had been closed Tuesday. New Mexico reopened a closed section of Interstate 25, the main route from Santa Fe to Colorado, after crews cleared snow from the road.

Readers respond

What's your No. 1 tip for traveling with kids?

"Bring pillows, blankets, favorite toys and activities. Also, try to drive at night while they are sleeping." - Crystal Ulrich

"Know where to find rest stops." - Cathy Matos Candelas

"DVD player in the car with lots of movies. Also, you can go to the dollar store and get a few inexpensive toys to hand out throughout the trip when they're getting restless and bored." - Candice Bearden Lawhorn

"Bring snacks of all kinds to include cookies and candy to pacify crying children. Go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of activities that are new to them. And patience, patience, patience." - Lynn Adams

"Have them pack a small bag with favorite things for entertainment and a snack/drink." - Kim Amico Lockhart

"DVD player with headphones. I emphasize headphones. You do not want to hear, "SpongeBob SquarePants" while driving 70 mph." - Ray Watters

"DVD player, lots of toys and a cooler full of snacks and drinks." - Aleece Joy Browdy Ellison

"Drive while they are sleeping!" - David Balsinger

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