This is a very similar route to yesterday’s trip, but in reverse. How different will the weather be? The timing will certainly be different. The drive is about 2 days, with the second day a couple hours shorter. We will cover 874 miles at a pace of 60.9mph. That means that longer first day will cover 487 miles. Back to the Great Lakes we go!
There is a weak area of low pressure off the southeastern tip of Louisiana that will develop tomorrow and help produce some southerly flow over the Florida Panhandle, which will introduce some low level moisture to beachgoers in Panama City. Any clouds, drizzle or fog will be short lived, likely clearing out as we cross into Alabama. A dissipating front will be breathing its last gasps over northern Alabama as we drive through later in the day. There may be a few showers in from Birmingham north through Huntsville, right up to the Tennessee border. Things will be clearing out as we move closer to Nashville, and eventually Ridgetop, Tennessee, which is just north of the Music City.
Another round of unsettled weather is moving into the Upper Midwest overnight overnight Thursday. It will occlude with a warm front developing south of us, and the occluded front stalling in Illinois. We will see developing clouds on the western horizon through our drive in Indiana, but they will never reach Fort Wayne. OK, that’s not 100% true. They will arrive in Fort Wayne, just well after we do.