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12/24/04

Christmas Traffic Moves Smoothly Despite Weather

It's a good thing Tamicka Byrd's children didn't need a ride to Meridian, because Byrd had too many gifts, and not enough room.

"I told them Santa came to visit me while they're down there," she said while filling her car with gas. "So I'm delivering for them tonight while they're sleeping."

Byrd was just a tank of gas, and a three hour drive from her Christmas celebration. The drive through a possible winter storm had her concerned.

"I heard the weather was supposed to be bad," she said. "But the good Lord will help me get there in time. So hopefully everything goes okay."

People who hit the road early on Christmas Eve didn't have too much trouble. It was cold and cloudy at lunch. But the wintry mix predicted for the area wasn't falling.

Bad news for people dreaming about a white Christmas. Good news for drivers heading to grandma's house for the holiday.

AAA expected 67 million people to jump in cars, planes or trains and travel at least 50 miles between Christmas and New Year's.

Some of that traffic was evident on Highway 49. That's the road Tamicka Byrd used to deliver her Christmas goodies.

As her car rolled toward Meridian, Byrd opened her window and said, "Thank you all. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and have a safe one."

If you're heading out of town, you'll get a surprise at the pumps. Gas is significantly cheaper than it was during Thanksgiving. Up near I-10, we noticed regular unleaded prices that ranged anywhere from $1.59 to $1.62 a gallon.

The AAA Motor Club says the state average is a bit higher than that. The average gallon of gas in Mississippi costs $1.73. That's 12 cents less than it was a month ago.

by Brad Kessie

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