The holiday travel season is upon us with the busiest Thanksgiving travel days expected to be Wednesday and Sunday.
If you are flying somewhere, airports are supposed to be busiest on Wednesday. But the majority of Idahoans will be visiting family and friends by car.
With some winter-like weather heading our way this week, we found a way to make sure you can find safe travel for Thanksgiving.
AAA projects that nearly 50 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year and the most since 2007.
That's across the country, as for across the Gem State...
“255,000 Idahoans will be taking off and 227,000 of those will be by car, so quite a few people on the roads, and it's about a 2 percent increase,” said Matthew Conde with AAA Idaho.
So whether you are part of that new 2 percent, or traveling for Thanksgiving is an unbroken tradition for your family, there are a couple of resources to make sure you and your family make it to your destination safely.
The National Weather Service has a service at your fingertips. This is just a prototype but they've mapped out possible routes you might take this week.
They've included a legend which will tell you the hazard coming up in minor, major, or extreme.
Now, these are forecasted times that go three days in advance. A map tells you what will happen all the way through Thursday at 11 p.m.
So, if we check ahead to Thanksgiving morning, say around 5 a.m., you can see a section of highway just outside of Bend, Oregon is expecting a slight chance of snow, less than a half inch of accumulation, with winds as high as 50 miles an hour.
How about if you are heading south to Salt Lake City? About Wednesday things could get a little dicey right around the Idaho-Utah border. Looking at Wednesday right around 5 o'clock, this section of roadway is expecting snow, about half an inch, but winds are also going to be up around 50 mph.
Maybe you're not traveling that far. Simply zoom in on the map to find how Highway 95 or 55 will look.
So as you set out to share the roadways with more than 225,000 of your fellow Idahoans -- the bottom line is plan ahead, plan for a little extra time, and plan to use these route reports to get you there in time for some turkey.