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Traveling this Christmas? Here's some of what you can expect

About 4.8 million Florida residents will take trips of 50 miles or more this holiday season, according to AAA. Here's a look at what they will encounter.


It'll feel a little like Christmas. The next few days will be warm, but colder air moves in Christmas night, says Bay News 9. Some areas will see freezing temperatures as the cold remains through Tuesday . The rest of next week through Jan. 1 will see highs around 70.


Watch your speed. The Florida Highway Patrol and several local law enforcement agencies will have added road patrols. Motorists are asked to call 911 to report any aggressive or impaired drivers.

Gas prices

Gas is inching up to $3 a gallon in the Tampa Bay area, the highest prices this year and 30 cents higher than last holiday season, according to AAA. Prices should stay around $3 through the end of the year.


Tampa International Airport expects about 30,000 more travelers this year than last. Show up two hours before domestic flights, three hours before international ones. All packages may be inspected. Only a tiny fraction of travelers will face pat-downs, say TIA officials.

Traveling this Christmas? Here's some of what you can expect 12/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:40am]
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