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Travel predictions & weather forecasts for December holiday season

Across the U.S., a record-breaking 112.5 million Americans will travel during the holiday season, a 4.4 percent increase over last year, according to AAA predictions.

Posted: Dec 20, 2018 6:23 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2018 10:05 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The December holiday season is headed our way, and Oregonians can expect cloudy skies, rain and heavy holiday traffic.

Across the U.S., a record-breaking 112.5 million Americans will travel during the holiday season, a 4.4 percent increase over last year, according to AAA predictions.

Fast Forecast:

  • Saturday: Partly sunny. Rain late. Snow above 3,500’. Highs near 40 degrees.
  • Sunday: Rain. Snow above 4,500’. Highs near 50 degrees.
  • Christmas Eve: Rain. Snow above 4,500’. Highs in the low 50s.
  • Christmas: Mostly cloudy’. Highs near 50 degrees.
  • Wednesday: PM Rain. Snow above 2,500’. Highs in the low 50s.
  • Thursday: Iso. Showers. Snow above 2,500’. Highs near 50 degrees.
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs near 50 degrees.

That’s more than one-third of all Americans, and it’s the highest number since AAA has been tracking holiday travel, CNN reported.

For those who are driving -- more than 102 million people -- travel times could be longer than usual, with up to four hours extra drive-time in cities like New York, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.

Drivers should carry an emergency roadside kit with a phone and car charger, a first-aid kit, blankets, drinking water and snacks, a flashlight and extra batteries, a toolkit, warning flares, an ice scraper, jumper cables and a shovel.

Nearly 46 million will be flying over an 18-day holiday period, a 5.2 percent increase from the year before, according to Airlines for America.

Some tips for fliers: Check your flight status, load up on apps and pack snacks, prepare your kids, call TSA if you have a disability, get to the airport early and stay calm.

CNN contributed to this story.

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