PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The expected snow has already changed some people’s travel plans for Thanksgiving.

They’ve hit the road early.

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What’s ironic is that the Turnpike says the busiest travel time Wednesday is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is pretty much exactly the window when the snow is supposed to happen.

At the Oakmont Service Plaza on the Turnpike, we found people trying to beat the snow, including one family from Butler who was going to leave tomorrow, but, “We heard about the Nor’easter out there, and I know the Turnpike can be treacherous, so we decided to leave tonight.”

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If you’re headed east Wednesday, the good news is the Turnpike has activated round-the-clock shifts that’ll roll when the first flakes fly.

“Over the years we’ve had much worse and dire forecasts than we have now, and we’re prepared to deal with whatever Mother Nature deals,” said Tom Fox, Turnpike spokesperson.

Just the same, Kevin and Patti Earhart from Chicago are hoping to arrive in Hershey for the holiday before the white stuff does.

“That’s why we’re going to keep going,” said Kevin Earhart as the two of them got back out on the road Tuesday night.

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