Nearly 237,000 Idahoans are expected to hit the skyways and byways this week, traveling 50 miles or more from home. The overwhelming majority—approximately 204,000—will be motor vehicle drivers or passengers. They'll join the nearly 41.3 million Americans who will be spending part of the coming holiday week on the road. That's 1.9 million more compared to a year ago, according to the AAA.
Here in the Mountain West, AAA says 14.7 of people in the Mountain Region—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming—will travel.
Idaho's average price for a gallon of unleaded gas is $3.12, considerably lower than the past three years, but still about 27 cents higher than the national average and sixth highest in the U.S.
The Treasure Valley forecast includes a little bit of everything in the week ahead. Boiseans are beginning the week with partly sunny skies, which will dissolve into a mix of rain and snow tonight and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday look like they'll be sunny and mild with high temperatures near 50 degrees. Rain returns on Thursday night and Friday. And partly cloudy skies and a chance of rain define next weekend's forecast.