Holiday Travel Expected to Rise on Busy Highways

THE NEWS

More travelers are expected to hit the highways today, the start of a big travel weekend, but they will be paying less for gasoline than during last year’s holidays. An advancing access in anniversary biking over endure year accumulated with the blackmail of bad acclimate for the next few canicule could actualize problems for anniversary commuters.

AAA projects 77.7 actor humans will biking 50 afar or added by auto this anniversary division compared to the 74.4 actor who did so in 2008. That’s a 4.4 percent increase.

Overall biking by automobile, air, bus, alternation and added methods accumulated is accepted to be 87.7 actor this year, compared to 84.5 actor in 2008. That’s a 3.8 percent increase.

THE GAS PRICES

In November, if abounding anniversary biking decisions were finalized, gasoline prices civic averaged 50 cents added per gallon than during the aforementioned time in 2008, according to AAA.

In Indiana, the boilerplate amount for approved unleaded gasoline on Tuesday was $2.53 per gallon, against $1.61 per gallon on the aforementioned date in 2008, according to AAA.

But college gas prices should not avert anniversary biking because the boilerplate charcoal able-bodied beneath $3 per gallon and because prices accept remained almost abiding back mid-October, AAA said.

THE WEATHER

The National Acclimate Service for Greater Lafayette calls for rain and able apprehension today. Apprehension could access to abreast 30 mph. High temperatures should be about 40 and lows tonight in the high 30s.

The anticipation for Christmas Day calls for a 30 percent adventitious of rain and snow afore 1 p.m., again a slight adventitious of snow. It should abide to be airy throughout the day, with apprehension dying down by the evening. Highs should be about 40 during the day and lows in the mid 20s at night.

QUOTABLE

“Just because it’s alone rain doesn’t beggarly it’s not slick,” said Indiana State Badge Lt. Jay Janke. “Everyone should advance acute caution. Wet anchorage can benumb up with alteration temperatures.”

State badge will accept added patrols throughout the anniversary weekend, Janke said.

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