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Heavy holiday traffic snarls Portland freeways before Thanksgiving

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The holiday travel season is in full swing across the Pacific Northwest with thousands taking to the air and roads, and if you are planning on traveling on Thanksgiving across Oregon and Washington, get ready for a soaker.

On Wednesday, thousands of people hit the road trying to beat the Thanksgiving storm that has the potential to dump heavy snow in the mountains and rain in the Willamette Valley.

With so many on the roads, traffic in the Portland area was backed up for miles much of Wednesday evening.

“We did not think the traffic would be this bad,” traveler Jaimie Reilly said. 

She and her family are traveling from Marysville, Washington to Cottage Grove, Oregon. Reilly says they left at noon, and in seven hours had only made it to Willsonville.

“It was traffic pretty much the entire way,” Reilly said. "I think half an hour of our whole trip hasn’t been traffic.”

As drivers make their way to friends and family, there is an unsung hero working in the elements to get you their. 

Jordan Marine, spends much of his day filling gas tanks just off Highway 26 in Beaverton.

“Pretty busy,” Marine said, "there are a lot of people here.”

He says he’s working 9-1/2 hour days six days a week to keep drivers going. He’s seen a lot of faces and helped a lot of people on the road.

“They are really eager to see their families,” Marine said. “Most of them don’t live here so they are out-of-towners so it is pretty cool too and it makes me feel happy to hear them.”

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