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Winter weather changes travel plans

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Thursday's winter storm is changing travel plans for drivers across the tri-states as people head home for the holidays.

Nearly 84 million Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend to see friends and family. And in the Midwest, snow and ice are creating dangerous travel conditions.

Because Christmas falls on a Tuesday, a lot of people are making this an especially long holiday, starting Friday and going through January 1.

Some local drivers say they've altered some of their travel plans to make sure they stay safe.

"Yeah we gotta drive slower and be more careful, stuff like that."

"Make sure I got a full tank of gas and make sure we got plenty of clothes. Keep my Carhardt's in the backseat in case I have a flat or something."

"Not going anywhere, I'm home and staying there until Wednesday morning."

"Try to give yourself a little more time to brake and take it slow and watch out for other people."

There is some good news for those hitting the road this weekend, gas prices have dropped.

The price at the pump is $3.18 a gallon in Quincy. Nationwide, the average is $3.22, that's down 20 cents in a month and down 70 cents since April.

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