Many to hit road during Memorial Day weekend

TRI-CITY HERALDMay 24, 2014 

With more than 36 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to AAA Travel, here is what to expect with the weather, on the roads and at the gas pump.

Weather

The National Weather Service in Pendleton is forecasting mild weather all weekend with temperatures in the low 80s.

No rain is forecast around most of Eastern Washington and skies should be partly cloudy, said Rob Brooks of the weather service.

Friday's rain showers pulling through the area should make "it nice and docile for Memorial Day weekend," he said.

There could be some winds, with 15 mph gusts, around Eastern Washington today, Brooks said.

Temperatures may dip some Monday into the mid to upper 70s, Brooks said. Light showers are expected Monday throughout the Blue Mountains in Oregon and Cascades.

Gas prices

If you are traveling in Washington for Memorial Day weekend, plan to pay a little more at the pumps than in other states.

Tri-Cities' average price for a gallon of unleaded gas on Friday was $3.73 and $4.02 for diesel, according to the AAA. That's more than the national average of $3.65 for unleaded and $3.92 for diesel.

Roads

To help ease congestion on the packed roads, the Washington State Department of Transportation will suspend most state highway construction for Memorial Day weekend.

Highways are expected to be crowded, especially on Highway 2 Stevens Pass and Interstate 90 over the Snoqualmie Pass, WSDOT said. People also should expect longer than typical wait times at ferry and border crossings.

Drivers headed to the mountains should be prepared for additional traffic, WSDOT said. There will be no rock blasting on the Snoqualmie Pass over the weekend.

Extra patrols are out across the state to make sure people are wearing seat belts, and not driving under the influence or while distracted. The patrols are part of the statewide Ticket or Click it Campaign, which runs through June 1.

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