State highways across Washington will see typical heavy traffic this Thanksgiving, especially on I-90 where long delays are expected.
Check your emergency kit, charge your devices and leave early for your Thanksgiving travel. Here are peak times and locations before hitting the road. Scroll down for a real-time traffic updates.
What to expect: Nov. 23 Thanksgiving travel
- Highway 2 eastbound – worst traffic heading east from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth will be around 2 p.m.
- I-90 eastbound – worst traffic heading east from North Bend to Cle Elum will be around noon.
- I-5 northbound – worst traffic heading north from Olympia to Tacoma will be around 6 a.m. but pay attention, you’ll see another spike at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on this route on Thanksgiving Day.
- I-5 southbound – worst traffic heading south from Tacoma to Olympia, most of the heavy traffic will be around 11 a.m. but expect to see it most of the day between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The pro-tip for pre-Thanksgiving travel is simple; leave early enough so you can be at your destination by 11 a.m.
Scroll down below the real-time updates box to look at your expected trip on Nov. 27. Keep in mind, if we have rain or snow or a huge accident these times could increase.
Real-time updates on trafficA Twitter List by KIRO7Seattle
Why the roads will be crowded
AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home. This Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest for travel in nearly a decade, according to AAA.
What to expect: Nov. 27 Thanksgiving travel
- I-90 eastbound – from North Bend to Cle Elum, worst delay will be noon to 2 p.m.
- I-90 westbound – from Cle Elum to North Bend, biggest problem will be noon to 4 p.m.
- Highway 2 eastbound – from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth no backups are expected.
- Highway 2 westbound – worst traffic heading west from Leavenworth to Stevens Pass will be around noon.
- I-5 northbound – worst traffic heading north from Olympia to Tacoma will be around 10am and last until 7 p.m.
- I-5 southbound – worst traffic heading south between Tacoma to Olympia around noon-1pm, you’ll see another spike between 5-6 p.m.
- Expect longer-than typical wait times at ferry docks and Canadian border crossings most of the holiday weekend.
2016 travel times are estimated based on 2015 times as tracked by Washington State Department Of Transportation.
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