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Fair warning, driving this weekend is likely to be a pain

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

🌤️ Today’s weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 6 to 10 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 3 to 8 mph.

🚨 You need to know

If you, like this reporter, have your nose so deep in day to day work you forget what holidays are ahead: here’s your reminder, it’s Memorial Day this weekend.

And as a follow up reminder: that means traffic is likely to be particularly bad across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or down I-95.

Patch reported that AAA’s prediction is around 42.5 million people taking trips of 50 miles or more during Memorial Day weekend — roughly 2.7 million more than last year but only 170,000 more than pre-pandemic levels.

Bus and train traffic is also projected to be busier, according to Patch, with a 20% increase in travellers choosing methods other than cars compared to 2022.

The AAA prediction is that this summer, in general, could be one of the busiest travel seasons on record.

Traffic on I-395 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

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