Real-Time traffic updates: Thanksgiving travel in the Pacific Northwest

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. 


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Real-time updates on traffic

Why the roads will be crowded

AAA projects that 54 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home. This Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest for travel since 2005, according to AAA.

The vast majority—more than 48 million—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. Seattle is a top destination for Thanksgiving.

What to expect: Nov. 25 Thanksgiving travel

  • I-90 Eastbound – Worst traffic heading east from North Bend to Cle Elum will be around 2 p.m.
  • I-90 Westbound – Worst traffic heading west from Cle Elum to North Bend will be around 2 p.m.
  • US 2 Eastbound – No backups or delays expected heading east from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth
  • US 2 Westbound – Worst traffic backup heading west from Leavenworth to Stevens Pass will be around Noon
  • I-5 Northbound – Worst traffic heading north from Olympia to Tacoma will be from Noon to 1 p.m.
  • I-5 Southbound – Worst traffic heading south from Tacoma to Olympia will be at 1 p.m.
  • I-5 Northbound – Worst traffic heading north from Bellingham to the Canadian border will be around 4 p.m.
  • 1-5 Southbound – Worst traffic heading south from the Canadian Border to Bellingham will be around Noon.

2018 travel times are estimated based on 2017 times as tracked by Washington State Department Of Transportation. 

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