Easter travel spread out this year

Carolinas travelers might remember this Easter weekend with a touch of fondness, despite the high price of gas. Experts say this might be the last holiday when you pay less than $4 for a gallon of gasoline – at least for a while.

The Easter travel period is spread this year, with some school systems observing spring break this week and others next week. AAA Carolinas officials say hundreds of thousands of Carolinas residents will be on the road over the next few days. They will pay an average of $3.90 a gallon for gas in North Carolina and $3.72 in South Carolina.

While that is 30 cents a gallon more than last Easter, it might be a bargain, once we reach Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, officials say.

“We expect prices to increase into May,” says David Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “The good news is that in the past two years, we saw a stabilization or reduction of gas prices once we got into summer .”

Parsons said it appears as if the $4-a-gallon barrier will be breached sometime later this month in North Carolina, then stay there for a while.

Other than gas prices, there don’t appear to be any major obstacles for travelers this holiday weekend. Aviation officials say Easter is not a particularly big holiday for fliers, and it’s the same with train travel.

The weather is expected to be beautiful Saturday and Sunday, although Friday’s forecast is chilly and wet.