The Lodi-Galt area is forecast to see rain today followed by showers on Christmas, conditions that should not pose much of a problem for those traveling in the region.
Travelers headed to the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and the East Coast, however, will likely have to deal with delays as winter storms are expected to continue to bring heavy snowfall, which could interfere with air travel.
According the Federal Aviation Administration's Web site, most airports in the nation were experiencing delays of 15 minutes or less. However, flights to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports as well as Cleveland-Hopkins International were being delayed.
The FAA's Web site, www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp, includes a map that shows which airports are experiencing delays. Users can also search for specific airports or search specific areas.
For those driving this week, the California Department of Transportation is requiring chains on all vehicles except those with four-wheel drive and snow tires on Highway 88 from Dew Drop in Amador County to five miles west of Picketts Junction in Alpine County.
Highway 4 is closed from a half-mile east of the Highway 207 junction to Ebbetts pass. Chains are required from 1 mile east of Arnold to the Mt. Reba turnoff in Alpine County.
No traffic restrictions are currently in place for Interstate 80.
For the most current information, visit www.dot.ca.gov or call (800) 427-7623.
In a statement released on Dec. 17, AAA predicted that the number of people traveling during the holidays would continue to decline. The association estimated there would be 1.4 million or 2.1 percent fewer holiday travelers this year. Nearly 64 million Americans will travel 50 miles to their holiday destination.
"Without question, the economic downturn of 2008 eroded the discretionary income many Americans would have spent on travel and, for some, altered their travel plans throughout the year," said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet in the statement.
Those staying in Lodi during Christmas will experience low temperatures in the low 40s and high 30s with highs in the range of high 40s and low 50s, according to the private forecasting service Accuweather.
The long-range forecast calls for scattered showers and partly sunny days with rain developing on New Year's Eve.