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Downtown commuters should expect extra congestion Friday afternoon as the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will close several roads around the White House.
More than 30 million plan to hit the roads Memorial Day weekend.
"Traditionally, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the heaviest rush hour of the year. People have realized that doesn't work too well, so we've seen a trend for people to get away as soon as they can conveniently do so," says WTOP Traffic Reporter Bob Marbourg.