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Holiday travelers glad to see clear roads, lower gas prices

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) -  It's that time of the year when millions hit the roads to be with family -- and you never know what the weather is going to bring.

"Not as bad this year," said Kirk McWhortor, who was driving from Anamosa to Fort Madison. "Just rainy. Last year it was pretty bad. Slid off the road."

"It looks like from in the center here that we're driving into a little bit more rain, but doesn't look bad at all," said Rob Strabala, traveling through Iowa to get from Madison, Wisconsin to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Devin Fredrickson is heading from Illinois to Minnesota and thinks she will hit some snow during the drive.

"We know to take it slow," said Fredrickson. "No rush to get there. So it's better to arrive safely and a little later at night than not to arrive safely at all."

A lot of drivers feel the roads this year are in much better shape than in years' past.

Drivers say another big thing they're noticing out on the roads is that this year's trip is costing them a lot less.

"It's really nice," said Strabala. "Especially here in Iowa. It looks like it's a little cheaper than in Wisconsin. $1.99 in Dubuque! So a good time to buy gas."

According to AAA, gas prices are lower than they've been in five years. And price tracking website GasBuddy says the price nationally is 80 cents lower than this time last year.

"It makes it a little bit easier on the pocketbook doing the 550-mile drive," said Fredrickson.
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