The effects of the recent sharp rise in gasoline prices were readily apparent yesterday.
On Interstate 35 headed north out of the Twin Cities, traffic was unusually light for the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. Other than a fair amount of late afternoon congestion close to I-694 in the Lino Lakes area, it was obvious that at least some are staying home this weekend.
On past Memorial Day weekends, traffic has been much more congested heading towards Duluth and the Boundary Waters area. This year, things were eerily different.
Perhaps it has something to do with the late start of spring across the state. Cool weather, spring storms and a late ice-out on Minnesota lakes could be contributing factors.
We'll be watching carefully as summer unfolds to see if this situation improves.