SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - An increase in gas prices from last year has not slowed down the travelers hitting the road for Thanksgiving.
Triple A's projections plus actual traffic volume throughout Southern California show many freeways jammed.
The Central Coast has been flowing smoothly with no serious accidents. Slowing in and out of Santa Barbara has been seen most of the afternoon from the NewsChannel 3 TV Hill camera.
The AMTRAK Pacific Surfliner is expected to have full loads. Reservations have been required for passengers planning to travel over the holiday weekend.
In Santa Barbara, one student from the Netherlands said it was probably "10 degrees" back at her home compared to the 90 degree weather here. Mary Mulder also said, "right now I think it is raining."
Her friend was set to drive into the Sequoia National Forest for the next few days and stay in a vacation rental that was booked ahead of time.
Two men from Ohio said they were in Palm Springs, came to Santa Barbara and were heading on. Rudy Luhaney said they were, "staying here for five days and
then we go to Catalinia."
No serious issues have been reported at the Santa Barbara Airport, in part because of the good weather over most of the west coast.
Gas analysts say the price at the pumps in Santa Barbara is averaging $3.25 a gallon, in Santa Maria it is $3.20 and in Ventura it is $3.21. That's up over .40 a gallon from a year ago in part because of new California tax on gas purchases.