'Unsettled' weather is expected over the holidays, with snow possible in places.
British motorists are expected to make nearly 19 million separate leisure journeys over the holiday period – around one million more than last year.
Tomorrow (29 March, Maundy Thursday) is set to be the busiest of day the lot. Holidaymakers are expected to make 3.18 million journeys, but with commuters still using the roads to get to and from work, the RAC is anticipating gridlock. And to make matters worse, this extra traffic is set to coincide with another bout of unsettled weather.
According to the Met Office, cold weather is on its way towards the end of the week, making snow showers possible on high ground. Elsewhere in the country, the weather is set to be wet and windy.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘While Easter is a little earlier this year than last, our research suggests drivers are just as keen as ever to get away and make the most of the long weekend. In fact, between Thursday and bank holiday Monday our data indicates around a million more confirmed leisure journeys by car than in 2017.
‘If drivers are hoping for the longer days to herald better weather, they are likely to be disappointed. The ‘Beast from the East’ might have departed but much more unsettled conditions look set to make a very unwelcome return – with the risk of snow for some of us, and strong winds and rain for a lot of the country.
‘We strongly recommend motorists keep abreast of the weather forecast through this week to help them organise their trips, especially if they are planning on driving any great distance.’
In a bid to keep congestion to a minimum, Highways England has announced that it will finish or suspend roadworks on major roads in time for the holidays.
Melanie Clarke, Highways England’s customer service director, said: ‘We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible this Easter and that’s why we’re keeping 99 per cent of the road network we manage free from roadworks.
‘Safety is our top imperative and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns are avoidable and these can easily be avoided with simple vehicle checks. Easter is always a busy period on the road network and we’d urge all motorists to make sure they do their bit to check their vehicle is roadworthy before setting off over this period.’