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Weather for the week of Thanksgiving, traffic forecast for Sacramento CA


Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but getting to the holiday dinner can take gas and patience.

In the United States, an estimated 53.4 million people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020, making it the biggest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005, according to the American Automobile Association.

With more people traveling this year compared to last year, the roads are expected to be congested.

Here’s what you need to know about gas prices, the weather in Sacramento, traffic conditions (whether you’re coming or going), and the best / worst times to hit the road:

Gas prices

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A gas pump at Fuel City in Dallas on October 29, 2015. (Rose Baca / Dallas Morning News / TNS) Rose Baca TNS

On Monday, the national average for regular gasoline was $ 3.40. The average price of gas in California is $ 4.70, the highest on record. Sacramento is at $ 4.72, according to AAA.

To check gas prices in your city before you hit the road, visit the official AAA California gas page.

Traffic conditions

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Eagle Road, at the intersection of Fairview Avenue, is one of Idaho’s busiest traffic lanes, with even more business and retail businesses developed in the area in the past 10 years. Darin Oswald [email protected]

As average gas prices in California hit record highs, Thanksgiving travel is expected to exceed last year, bringing it down to 5% of pre-pandemic levels.

Of the more than 53 million people who are expected to travel in the next week, 90% are expected to travel by car, an 8% increase from last year, according to the AAA Travel Report.

In California, around 7.1 million people are expected to travel – a 14% increase from last year – but still slightly short of Thanksgiving 2019.

And about 6.1 million of those travelers are expected to drive, according to an AAA press release.

Here are the best and worst times to travel, including America’s worst corridors and times to use them, according to the AAA.

When to travel

The best times to travel

Wednesday – After 9 p.m.

Thursday – before 11 a.m.

Friday – before 11 a.m.

Saturday – before noon

Sunday – before noon

The worst times to travel

Wednesday – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Worst corridors and travel time


I-85, Claremont Road to MLK Drive

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday

San Francisco

I-80, I-580 to San Pablo Dam Road

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday

Los Angeles

I-5 from Colorado Street to Florence Avenue

3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday


I-93 N, Quincy Market at MA-28

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday

new York

I-495, from Borden Avenue to Little Neck Parkway

2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday


I-5 S, WA-18 to WA-7

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday

Washington DC

I-95 S, I-395 to VA-123

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday


I-10 West, Sjolander road to TX-330

3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Wednesday


I-290 W, Morgan State to Wolfe Road

2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday


I-96 W, 6 Mile Road to Walled Lake

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday

Sacramento weather forecast

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A rapid gust of wind pushes back a woman’s long coat as she walks along a path beside Lake Wapato on Sunday afternoon in Tacoma. Pete Caster [email protected]

wednesday | 61 degree high

Sunny with northwest winds up to 13 mph.

Wednesday evening | 38 degree low

Partly cloudy

thursday | 60 degree high

Quite sunny.

Thursday evening | 40 degree bottom

Rather cloudy.

Friday | 62 degree high

Quite sunny.

Friday night | 41 degree low

Scattered fog after 4 am Otherwise, partly cloudy.

saturday | 62 degree high

Foggy areas. Otherwise, rather sunny.

Saturday night | 43 degree low

Scattered fog. Otherwise, partly cloudy.

Sunday | high near 62 degrees

Scattered fog. Otherwise, rather sunny.

To track Sacramento weather conditions, visit the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office website.

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Brianna Taylor is a reporter with the Sacramento Bee Public Services Office. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported in Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.

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