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Roads May Be Icy for Thanksgiving Travel


The plant leaves covered with hoarfrost.

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, the temperatures will drop to freezing during the early mornings and late evenings.  Holiday commuters are warned to watch for icy roads early Thursday morning.  Temperatures through Saturday could dip as low as 20 degrees with rain and freezing fog possible.  Patches of black ice will likely form on roads in the valley and mountains.

Give extra time for Thanksgiving road trips and be cautious on the roads.  If drivers are heading to the mountains, there is likely to be patches of ice through much of the weekend in the Cascades and the Siskiyou Pass.  Thanksgiving weekend is typically one of the most-traveled of the year and it is important for drivers to be prepared for the conditions.  Make sure to inspect your vehicle including tires and windshield wipers.  Pack some extra blankets, carry water and snacks in case of emergency.

Good news for holiday travelers is that Thanksgiving gas prices will be at the lowest level since 2008.  With lower gas prices, there is likely to be even more drivers on the roads this weekend.  Be courteous of others to make your holiday commute safe and injury-free for everyone on the road.