Oregonians hit the road as busy holiday travel weekend gets started

 

Whether it's on the roads or in the sky, holiday travel is picking up, and Thursday is considered one of the busiest travel days on both fronts.

The majority of Oregonians plan to drive to their holiday destination, but dense fog created some slick and dangerous conditions in spots around the metro area Thursday morning.

According to AAA, drivers can expect the heaviest traffic between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The group also noted that holiday travel across the country is up around three percent.

In Oregon, transportation officials expect some 1.3 million people will hit the road for the holidays. In addition to watching out for icy spots on the road and freezing fog, drivers will need to watch out for flashing red lights.

The Oregon State Police put out a warning saying they'll have extra patrols out over the next couple of weeks. Troopers will be looking for impaired and unsafe drivers, while also being ready to handle accidents and roadside emergencies.

The OSP is also asking drivers to be prepared for winter conditions and have an emergency kit with extra food, water and warm coats and blankets.

Troopers are also advising drivers remain patient and plan for plenty of time to get to their holiday destination.

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