Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Menu: Tricky Going Back East, Smooth Sailing in Boise

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Traveling on Thanksgiving is tough enough, but pity the tens of thousands of Americans who will travel through the nation's busiest airport hubs. After analyzing booking data from the top 50 U.S. airports, Orbitz found that Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare Airport will probably be the busiest hubs this coming week.

All told, approximately 43.4 million Americans are expected to travel away from home this week, according to AAA.

By Wednesday, the Weather Channel says two storms are expected to merge, pushing snow through the interior Northeast and a wide band of shows stretching across the deep Southeast. But an early glimpse at the forecast for Thanksgiving Day appears to be positive for a large majority of the country. And dry weather conditions will dominate much of the country for those traveling or out shopping on Black Friday.

The Treasure Valley should see clear and cold conditions through much of the week ahead, with daytime highs in the low 40s and overnight lows in the 20s.

Boise's coldest Thanksgiving ever was recorded in 1993, when the thermometer showed 4 degrees. The warmest Thanksgiving in Boise was in 1998, when temperatures soared to 65 degrees. The snowiest Thanksgiving on record was in 1985, when 4.7 inches dumped on the Treasure Valley.

Drivers should take note that the average price of unleaded gas in Idaho is $3.26 per gallon. Boise's average is $3.34 a gallon. Some of the lowest prices in the Treasure Valley were recorded in Southeast Boise, where gas was being sold for $3.05 per gallon. More expensive gas was registered in Caldwell and Melba, where stations were charging $3.49 per gallon.

The current national average is $3.26 a gallon.

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