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Winter Survey: Extra Minutes of Drive Time When Winter Weather Hits

The busiest shopping period of the year hits every winter as the holiday season draws near. With the season's snowy characteristics, shoppers sometimes have more than just lines and packed malls to deal with.

A recent survey conducted by AccuWeather.com found that when winter weather hits, 87 percent of respondents give themselves up to 30 extra minutes when heading out on the road.

It was also revealed that 58 percent of adults across the country would halt their holiday retail shopping plans when more than 4 inches of snow was forecast to fall.

When broken down by region, some shoppers in the Northeast said it would take a more substantial snowfall to deter them from heading out. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed in the region said it would take 7 to 9 inches of snow to alter the shopping plans.

Farther south where winter conditions are milder, smaller snow amounts were more likely to impede any shopping trips. Thirty-five percent of responders stated that 1 to 3 inches of snow would hold them back from retail shopping this season.