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Google reveals the worst time to leave the Twin Cities for Thanksgiving

Traffic is expected to spike in the Twin Cities on Wednesday.
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Visiting grandma's this Thanksgiving? If so, this is some travel information you might be interested in.

A search-able tool showing traffic patterns in major U.S. cities around Thanksgiving has been released on Monday by Google Trends.

Minneapolis (and St. Paul, we assume) is among the cities referenced, with Google's data showing that the worst time to set off for your Thanksgiving weekend is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The best time, it says, is at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning ... great, thanks for that Google.

Traffic levels rise in the hour or two before 4 p.m. and drop relatively sharply after 6 p.m., so if you leave after 6 there's a good chance you won't be too delayed.

As for coming home after Thanksgiving, Google suggests the best time traffic-wise to re-enter the Twin Cities is 4 a.m. Friday (again, thanks Google).

While that is pretty unrealistic, the time you're looking to avoid is 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

AAA predicts that just over 50 million Americans will take to the roads for journeys of longer than 50 miles on Thanksgiving – the highest number since 2005.

The good news for when you set off is that Wednesday is expected to be a sunny, dry day in the Twin Cities, according to Accuweather.

You might be held up more if you're coming back on Friday though, as there's a 70 percent chance of showers.

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