Expect high temperatures, gas prices over holiday
by Kristal Dixon
kdixon@cherokeetribune.com
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Janice Contrell of Canton fills up her minivan at the Chevron at the intersection of Waleska Street and Riverstone Parkway. High temperatures and gas prices will greet Cherokee County residents as they take advantage of the three-day Labor Day weekend.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
Janice Contrell of Canton fills up her minivan at the Chevron at the intersection of Waleska Street and Riverstone Parkway. High temperatures and gas prices will greet Cherokee County residents as they take advantage of the three-day Labor Day weekend.
Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
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CANTON — High temperatures and gas prices will greet Cherokee County residents as they take advantage of the three-day Labor Day weekend.

A steamy weekend is on tap for residents and Meteorologist Jessica Fieux with the National Weather Service said Cherokee and metro Atlanta will remain.

Fieux said Tropical Storm Isaac will travel toward Arkansas then head back toward the Northeast before being absorbed by another system in the area.

“Even before that, we are keeping the chance of rain in the forecast,” she said.

The three-day weekend will see high temperatures range from upper 80s to the lower 90s while lows will hover around 70 degrees. Chances of rain will range from 40 to 50 percent during the holiday weekend.

Fieux added that while there’s “always a chance” the showers and thunderstorms could turn severe over the weekend, the National Weather Service is not expecting that to occur. She added total rainfall amounts could reach 1.5 inches, but noted areas that experience heavier isolated thunderstorms could witness higher amounts of rain.

About 901,000 Georgia residents are expected to travel for the holiday weekend, with 790,000 making their treks via automobile, said Jessica Brady, spokeswoman for AAA Auto Club South. Brady said Labor Day weekend is the last chance many residents have to take vacations before children go back to school.

“We do see the pent-up demand that hits on the tail end of the summer season,” she added.

Unfortunately, Brady said motorists will have to contend with a 3 percent increase in gas prices. However, Brady added “we don’t think it’ll have a lot of impact as a lot of plans have already been made.”

Regular unleaded fuel sits at $3.93 per gallon in metro Atlanta, up from $3.72 last week, $3.46 last month and $3.58 a year ago.

Some local law enforcement agencies could also step up their patrols to catch impaired drivers.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit “will be out in force conducting saturated patrols in high traffic areas looking for impaired drivers,” said Public Information Officer Lt. Jay Baker.

Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant said the department has no specific plans for increased patrols.

“However, officers on patrol will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws,” he said. “Those choosing to drink and drive will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Holly Springs Police Chief Ken Ball said no roadblocks are planned, but the department may bring in an additional officer for patrols.

Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said his department is partnering with the other agencies to participate in the statewide Click It Or Ticket initiative, which cracks down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear seatbelts.

“We aim to avoid any traffic-related fatalities in our city and remind the motoring public to buckle up, slow down and drive sober,” he said.
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