It's Christmas Eve and the roads are full of travelers eager to make it home for the holidays.
If you're one those heading somewhere else this Christmas, you're not alone. According to AAA, 93.3 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles during the holidays — up 1.6 percent from last year.
If you're leaving Birmingham today, here's what you need to know before you go:
While Birmingham may not have much of a white Christmas this year, at least the driving weather is better.
According to weather.com, Monday's high is forecasted to be 37 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent while the low will dip down to a chilly 29 degrees on Christmas Eve. The highs on Christmas Day will be 36 degrees.
Up North, it's a little colder. After a weekend of snow, the high in Traverse City is 27 degrees Monday and Tuesday, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Grand Rapids, meanwhile, will enjoy a cloudy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a high of 32 degrees.
That being said, the Weather Channel's White Chrismas Forecast says western and northern Michigan could still have a white Christmas — defined as having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas morning.
The snow is also likely to fall throughout the northern Great Plains states, as well as parts of Montana and Idaho. Northeastern states, from Maine down to Pennsylvania, are also expected to have some snow on the ground Christmas morning.
The fuel report
If you're driving this holiday season, you'll want to know gas prices. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas across the state is $3.25. The average price for gas in Metro Detroit Sunday is also $3.25 a gallon.
Here are Sunday's prices at gas prices in and around Birmingham:
- Citgo (33588 Woodward Ave): $3.25
- Speedway (34750 Woodward Ave): $3.25
- Mobil (1065 E Maple): $3.29
- Mobil (101 E 14 Mile Rd): $3.49
Are you going out of town for the holidays? What are your best tips for holiday travelers?