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Thanksgiving travelers race to beat the snow

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Its been five months since Brenda Barreto last saw her granddaughter. Now it's only a matter of moments.

She lives in Maryland with her husband Jose. But before heading to Charleston, West Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with her extended family, Brenda is picking up family at the Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport.

A two hour mechanical delay on the flight from Orlando, Florida doesn't have her discouraged.

"I love her so much, I miss her," Brenda said of her teenage granddaughter. "We've been together until the last two years and now we live in Maryland. It's hard being away from your grand kids."

Plenty of others are hoping winter weather will help them reunite with their families.

With snow in the forecast for Wednesday, travelers are hoping to get a head start on their holiday weekend.

According to Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport spokesperson Amanda DeHaven, 70 percent of all flights are full.

They expect Sunday to be even busier, with everyone coming home and going back to work and school on Monday.

Blacksburg resident Steve Darr is taking his family all the way to London for Thanksgiving.

"We're getting an early start this evening on our trip," he said. "We'll avoid the snow, but the kids are kind of disappointed they'll miss it."

As for Brenda's family, the long awaited reunion is here. 

A series of emotional hugs will be followed by 3 1/2 hour car ride to Charleston, well ahead of the snow.