With millions of people expected to hit the roadways this Thanksgiving weekend, local law enforcement officials are encouraging people to give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations.

With millions of people expected to hit the roadways this Thanksgiving weekend, local law enforcement officials are encouraging people to give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations.

Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said weather may not be an issue for travelers this holiday weekend. But they may still run into additional traffic.

“So just give yourself extra time,” he said.

The national automobile association AAA estimates that 54.3 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. And most of them, 48.5 million, will be traveling by motor vehicles.

Maj. Jim Sherley, who is the Leavenworth County undersheriff, recommends people carry items such as water and granola bars in their vehicles in case they become stranded. He also recommends that people make sure their cell phones are fully charged.

And Sherley urges people to wear their seat belts as they travel this holiday weekend.

Nicodemus said some may drink alcohol as they celebrate this Thanksgiving. He encourages people to use a designated driver.

Weather should not be much of an issue for people traveling in the local area.

The weather in Leavenworth on Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 55, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

The high temperature for Thanksgiving also is expected to be near 55 degrees.

There is a chance for rain Friday and again on Sunday. Temperatures also may be cooler Sunday with a high near 41.

Local residents may not have to pay as much as they fill up their tanks before heading out this holiday weekend.

The average gasoline price Monday in Kansas was $2.36 per gallon, according to AAA Kansas.

This is down 11 cents from a week ago and 33 cents from one month ago. And the average gas price is 4 cents less than it was this same time last year.

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