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Clear skies, crowded roads: Travel volume this holiday week could break records, AAA says

Cars on a highway. (MaxPixel/Released)

Holiday travelers shouldn’t encounter problems with the weather, but are likely to have to deal with crowds on the road or in the sky.

AAA said it anticipates potentially record-breaking travel volume over the next week for holiday travel, with typically congested areas experiencing even more traffic than usual.

AAA officials said that air travel would be spread out, with the heaviest volumes over the past weekend. The lightest air travel days would be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with numbers picking up again the following weekend.

“We advise all holiday travelers to plan ahead and pack their patience no matter how they chose to get where they’re going,” AAA’s Director of Travel Suzanne Aresco said.

The weather isn’t expected to add to travel difficulties, with cold and dry weather predicted for most of the week.

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The National Weather Service predicts Christmas Eve will be sunny with temperatures between 19 degrees and 42 degrees. The weather will stay calm yet chilly on Christmas Day, with sunny weather expected and temperatures between 28 degrees and 39 degrees with light wind.

The weather will stay cold and dry for much of the week, though a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers is seen for Saturday night and Sunday morning, the weather service said.

State police advise travelers to use caution, no matter what the weather is like.

“Weather conditions can change at any time during the winter. We ask you to please heed any weather precautions prior to leaving for your destination. The safety of yourself, your family and others on the road should remain your top priority,” the state police commanding officer, Col. Stavros Mellekas, said in a statement.

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