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Weather and Traffic Affect Local Thanksgiving Travel Plans

This Thanksgiving is expected to see most people traveling since 2005 but weather and traffic are affecting some peoples decision to get on the road.

Posted: Nov 21, 2018 6:44 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-AAA predicts that more than 54 million Americans will travel, a 4.8% increase from last year. 

Newswatch 12 talked to more than a dozen people at gas stations in Medford who say they aren't traveling at all this Thanksgiving.

Most said that it was because their family was local but some told us that the expected weather and traffic conditions affected their holiday plans.

“We would have liked to have gone out of town, were local residents here and I know my background about these passes and trying to drive through them. It can be really hazardous with inclement weather coming in and after today it’s gonna be inclement weather coming in so I think we’d just stay here with family that’s local," says Harvey Brown.

Brown is a truck driver and says he has seen more than his fair share of ice and snow related accidents and doesn't want to become a statistic. 

This year he will be celebrating at home.

And so will Logan Vaughan, because he already celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday in efforts to beat the traffic. 

"The reason we decided to celebrate is, we don't want to fight the traffic. I mean, traffic is crazy, especially today so rather than have to deal with the holiday hustle and bustle we just got it done the week before," Vaughan says.

The 'hustle and bustle' didn't stop everyone, some people we spoke to decided to brave the weather and traffic.

David Messimore traveled through the passes Wednesday, coming from Washington to Klamath Falls, and told Newswatch 12 that he has already seen an accident as of noon on Wednesday.

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