WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thanksgiving week is upon us, and nearly 51 million Americans are expected to be traveling away from home for the Holiday.
AAA projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away for Thanksgiving, which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year and would make it the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. Of those travelers, 89 percent of them are planning to travel by way of a road trip, according to AAA, despite the fact that the national average price for fuel is 37 cents higher than it was last November.
If you plan to be on the road this week, be sure to check out the Indiana Department of Transportation interactive map, which allows you to check state highways for restrictions, closures, and more.
According to our Weather Team 18 meteorologist Amber Hardwick, "We are tracking cool and calm weather for much of the holiday weekend, which is great news for those traveling for Thanksgiving. Wednesday is going to be the coldest day of the week with highs in the upper 30s. Temperatures should warm up nicely for Thanksgiving and Black Friday with a forecast high near 51° on Friday. Showers will return on Friday night as a cold front travels over Greater Lafayette. It is going to be a quick-moving system and the area will dry out again on Saturday. However, temperatures will drop back into the lower 40s by Sunday." You can find the latest weather forecasts and radars at http://www.wlfi.com/weather.
Be aware because of the current terror threat, newly implemented screening procedures for carry-on items require passengers to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening. Examples of such electronic devices include laptops, tablets, and cameras.
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