FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Locals are hitting the road and flying to travel ahead of the statutory holiday weekend, and officials are reminding people to plan ahead so they get to their destinations on time.
âSo they’re basically kites,â said Scott Levy, a Fresno resident. “It’s a giant surfboard and I have three kites in it.”
Every year for Christmas, Levy travels to another city in the United States to meet his mother for Christmas. This year he’s headed to Las Vegas for a few days before heading to Bonaire to kitesurf for almost three weeks.
âWe’re going to jump 20 to 40 feet in the air, do front flips,â Levy said. âIt’s a great sport. It keeps me out of trouble.
Levy’s advice to travelers is to be patient with the flight attendants and to arrive early. Fresno Airport spokesman Vikkie Calderon said for domestic flights passengers should arrive 2 hours earlier and for international flights passengers should arrive three hours earlier.
âGet there early and give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, to find parking, to go through airline check-in, security and the gate area,â Calderon said.
The parking garage is open at the airport for more parking space.
For those traveling on the road, expect rain-wet roads.
“We are seeing a lot of calls not only for accidents, but also for flooded roads,” said CHP spokesman Mike Salas. “We remind everyone to watch this speed.”
Rose Shu is traveling with her two pugs from 29 Palms to Sacramento to meet her friends for Christmas.
âI’ve seen a few crashes and it’s a bit slower,â Shu said. âThe fog makes driving a little slower. ”
Shu stopped in Sequoia last night and is taking her time on the road today as she is not used to the rain.
âThe desert doesn’t have a lot of rain,â Shu said. âBut it’s awesome, a great way to explore the area.â
Officials advise people to call Caltrans to check conditions before hitting the road and to check all airline protocols so they are ready before leaving.