We are on our way west again. These always seem like the longest trips, and again, this trip will be 4 1/2 days covering about 2350 miles. We will move slowly through the Chicago area but move quickly through the Plains, which will result in an average speed of 66.1 miles per hour. The days will be through after 529 miles(though obviously after a shorter drive on Saturday)
A cold front (if you can call it that) will be sliding through the upper Midwest, creating some shower activity throughout southern Michigan. The front hasn’t held together well at all, so the activity portends to be fairly hit or miss. We will be in and out of these rain showers all the way through Chicago, and as we take a turn to the north, life will get a little bit easier. The drive through Wisconsin should be easy, and our day will end in Lewiston, Minnesota, which is east of Rochester.
The passage of a system moving through Canada will continue to draw warm air north, and our trip through southern Minnesota and South Dakota will be sweetly warm. In December. Which is strange. We will end the day in the Buffalo National Grassland.
Yet another round of low pressure will eject from the broader system in the Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Northwest on Thursday. A loosely organized cold front will generate some showers in western South Dakota and across portions of northern Wyoming. The best chance to break out of the drear will be in southeastern Montana, but as we approach the Rockies, we can also expect some snow falling in the higher elevations around Bozeman. It’s not going to be a blizzard or anything crazy like that, but in the exposed, empty quarters of the High Plains, those cloudy, snowy skies will make things seem awfully lonely. The day, like I mentioned, will end in Bozeman.
Friday is going to be a fairly nasty day for driving. It’s going to be an uncomfortable mix of rain and mountain snow across the Montana Rockies, Idaho Chimney and eastern Washington. Most of Washington will be rain, and most of Montana that we are in, anyways, will be snow. Idaho? Wild card. We should get into George, Washington, in the rain.
One last day, and things are expected to clear out in Washington, albeit only a bit. We will leave George dry, and likely won’t see any rain for the few hours to Bellingham, however when we descend towards Seattle, it will be into clouds, and probably a little bit of of fog, all of which will stay with us into Bellingham.