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This Thanksgiving will usher in the highest volume of travelers for the week of November 23 in the past five years, according to figures from American Automobile associated.

The 2017 holiday weekend will see more than 972,000 travelers, up 3.3 percent from previous year and the highest travel volume since 2007. They are expected to include 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday in Chicago, where trips can take three times as long as during non-rush hour, and 4pm to 4:45pm in San Francisco.

This is despite the spike in gas prices, AAA says Colorado drivers should expect to pay $2.54 per gallon, a 47 cent increase over previous year.

According to AAA, more than 844,000 Arizonans are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.3 percent over a year ago.

Fueling up: Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.

"Compared to the first half of November a year ago, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Since so many drivers will be on the roads, AAA expects to aid more than 5,000 stranded Colorado motorists over the holiday. The nation's top 10 states with the largest weekly changes: Florida (+13 cents), IN (-13 cents), Alaska (+12 cents), OH (-10 cents), Georgia (+7 cents), OR (+7 cents), North Carolina (+6 cents), IL (-6 cents), Texas (+6 cents) and SC (+6 cents).

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AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit.

AAA predicts 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 - and the most since 2005. That can cause delays through the security and boarding processes.

He said the nonstop flights Lovell Field has gained to the NY area and to Chicago on United Airlines will help boost Thanksgiving traffic.

Weather could also impact air travel for the holiday.

A storm system may slow travel in parts of the country for millions of drivers: The Northwest is expecting rain and snow Thanksgiving week, and the Southeast will receive multiple rain showers.

At St. Louis Lambert Airport, they're preparing for a busy week.


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