Pensacola, Florida to Syracuse, New York

Are you ready for a nice little surprise road trip? It’s going to be a chilly drive, even from Florida where it is unusually cool right now. The distance will be 1293 miles and will take us 2 and a half days. We will be fairly methodical in this drive, and will average only 62.3mph, which will mean that we can cover only about 499 miles a day. Let’s head out now, ahead of a storm that is going to explode over the center of the country this weekend.

High pressure and remarkably cool air will be the name of the game on Thursday as we begin our jaunt northward. Temperatures will be below freezing for most locations along our route overnight tonight, but sunny skies will warm things back up into the 30s and 40s. There won’t be any precipitation, and as I said, it should be sunny, so the drive will actually be quite comfortable, despite below average temperatures.

The drive through the mountains of Appalachia will be pleasant, especially given the season, which can often be a bear. The snow will not be falling, and the sun will shine, so we should have no problems. Clouds will begin to filter into Pennsylvania by evening, but we should stop driving near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania long before any snow starts.

Any flurry activity that they do see in Shippensburg will come overnight Friday. The clipper system that will be the culprit for snow in New York. It is going to move very quickly, though, and snow will already have ceased as we drive through New York. An ominous, explosively developing system over the Mississippi Valley will lurk west of our route allowing us to get to Syracuse unscathed.