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Holiday travel across Carolinas up from last year

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By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- There should be more travelers on the road and in the skies across the Carolinas this weekend, despite rising gas prices and the threat of winter weather.

AAA Carolinas expects the number of holiday travelers this year to be three to four percent higher in North and South Carolina than it was in 2009. Spokesman Tom Crosby says gas prices roughly 40 cents per gallon higher than last year haven't discouraged travelers.

Weather in both states was good Thursday, but that may not last. The Piedmont and eastern North Carolina could have a white Christmas for the first time in decades.

The National Weather Service says the Midlands of South Carolina could see some cold rain and possibly even snow flurries Saturday.

Snow is also expected on Christmas in the western Carolinas, where it's not so unusual.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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