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SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Thousands of people are expected to travel through the mountain passes this holiday weekend.

With snow in the forecast overnight or early morning, many drivers say they got an early start but also came prepared.

If you’re like the Petersons heading over the mountain passes with three kids and their four horses, hitting the roads early was a must.

“It’s a tradition for us to leave once the kids get out of school Wednesday; traffic is a little better, I think,” said Cliff Peterson.

Drivers on the Snoqualmie Pass seemed pleased with traffic and the road conditions. However, Bryan Jones and his wife, Janet, say they were hoping to see a little snow on their way to meet up their kids for the Apple Cup Friday.

“I’m a little disappointed that there isn’t more snow on the side of the road right now,” said Jones.

While they didn’t see the snow they were hoping for, they still came prepared with water, extra food and warm clothing and blankets.

They say they’ll now have the items for the game and for their return home. Chains are not currently required for Snoqualmie Pass. Advisories can be found on the Washington Department of Transportation website.