Holiday travelers prepare for Thanksgiving rush


THE WEATHER IS MAKING THE ROUNDS TONIGHT AS
MANY OF US BEGIN EARLY HOLIDAY TRAVEL. WE, NO DOUBT, WILL BE FEELING THE WINTRY MIX
ON THE ROADS. NBC5’S ELIZABETH RUIZ IS OUT IN MEDFORD, WHERE THE RAIN HAS BEEN COMING DOWN AND THE TEMPERATURE HAS DROPPED, ELIZABETH? ART, IT’S NOT RAINING RIGHT NOW, BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FREEWAY IT WAS RAINING EARLIER AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE ROADS ARE STILL WET AND WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ROADS TO GET WORSE AS THE WEEK GOES ON, ODOT HAS A FEW RECCOMENDATIONS FOR TRAVELLERS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. NATS *car zooming
THIS BIG RIG DRIVER IS FILLING UP AT A CENTRAL POINT TRUCK STOP TO BEAT THE BUSY ROADS. “We’re expecting a lot of car traffic the next couple of days and then Thursday will probably die off to hardly anything, so most of the trucks are going to try to get home in the next day or two.” ALTHOUGH NELSON SAYS HE WON’T BE DRIVING ON SNOWY ROADS, HE SAYS IT CAN BE QUITE SCARY FROM EXPERIENCE. MANY MAY WELCOME FRESH SNOW ON MOUNT ASHLAND BUT HOLIDAY DRIVERS COULD FIND TRAVEL REALLY CHALLENGING. O-DOT’S GARY LEAMING ENCOURAGES TRAVELERS TO MAKE SURE THEIR VEHICLES ARE READY FOR WINTER CONDITIONS. “Make sure you have plenty of tread on your tires, make sure you have your chains packed and know how to use them, have plenty of water and food, make sure your defroster and all of your lights are working well.” LEAMING SAYS CREWS WILL BE WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE ROADS CLEAR. THEY PLAN TO BE FULLY STAFFED WITH PLOWS AND DE-ICERS OUT ON THE ROAD. HOWEVER, HE SAYS IT’S A TEAM EFFORT WITH THE PUBLIC DRIVING SAFELY. FOR UPDATED ROAD CONDITIONS GO TO TRIPCHECK.COM OR CALL 5-11. LIVE IN MEDFORD, ELIZABETH RUIZ, NBC5 NEWS.

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