AAA forecasts more Thanksgiving holiday travelers in Virginia, lower gas prices


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RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia roads could be a little more crowded this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The auto club says that's an increase of 3.4 percent from last year.

The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Nationally, AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

AAA predicts most U.S. and Virginia travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years.

Officials say that when comparing current prices to those from last Thanksgiving, motorists in Virginia are saving about 57 cents per gallon.

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