The biggest gathering in Washington DC's history may be a little smaller than expected, the New York Times reports. Would-be visitors for Inauguration Day are starting to take heed of warning about crowds and cold, and many have decided to celebrate in their hometown instead. Officials still expect a logistical nightmare, but have scaled back their crowd size estimation from 4 million to between 1.5 and 3 million.
Mixed messages account for some of the uncertainty around crowd size, with organizers promoting a tempting array of star-studded events while also making dire warnings. The president-elect himself has gently suggested that people consider staying home, noting that the day “will mean long lines, a tough time getting around, and most of all, a lot of walking on what could be a very cold winter day.”