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Pack the patience and the umbrella for Memorial Day weekend

By: Tom
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As you get ready to hit the road for Memorial Day, you’ll want to “pack the patience” as you travel over the holiday weekend. AAA Mid-Atlantic says a record number of people from the Washington metro-area will be traveling at least 50 miles by car, plane, or on a train.

Projections from AAA show about 939,000 people will be traveling by car this year which is up nearly 5% from last year. The numbers also show 7.5% increase over last year for those getting to their holiday destination by airplane with the total number of projected passengers at 85,000—and those numbers are just for the DMV alone. Nationally, AAA officials project that 41.5 million people will travel for the holiday break.


If you’re trying to beat the traffic, transportation officials say it will be tough. Heavy congestion is expected on all of our major interstates through Memorial Day. If you’re trying to beat the traffic, you’ll want to leave earlier in the morning before 6 a.m. or later in the evening after 9 p.m.


On top of the anticipated traffic congestion, gas prices are on the rise. Officials say gas prices this Memorial Day are the most expensive we’ve seen since 2014. The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Washington, D.C. is around $2.91 — that’s up more than 50 cents from this time last year.

Tom’s Tips:

  • Keep a travel schedule

  • Check tire pressure and battery before you head out

  • Make sure your GPS/phone is charged

  • Plan ahead and pack smart

  • Keep games on hand for the kids

  • Download the WGTS 91.9 app to stay connected if you’re heading out of town


Together, we’ll make it a safe and fun Memorial Day. We’ll be right alongside you to keep you encouraged as we navigate the roads—together.


​Weather wise, it will be definitely be feeling like summer with a hot and humid holiday weekend on the way. While we won't see a total washout, shower and thunderstorm chances are likely at pretty much any point throughout the weekend—especially towards the afternoon and evening hours.


  • Saturday: ​Cloudy skies in the morning, followed by increasing shower and thunderstorm chances by the afternoon and evening. High: 88 
  • Sunday: ​Shower chances on and off throughout the day—thunderstorms likely by the afternoon. High: 88
  • Memorial Day: ​Cloudy skies with more shower and thunderstorm chances. High: 82