Driving into the teeth of the storm, what should be a day and a half drive will likely last a bit longer than that. The mileage between the two towns is 814.6. If the weather was cooperative, our pace would be a paltry 58.5mph, so we will still work with the same 468 mile day one that a speed like that would afford us.
Our drive will skirt the heaviest precipitation for most of the day, but not the entire day. The worst part of our drive tomorrow will be through West Virginia, particularly from Beckley to Charleston, West Virginia where the elevation may turn what would otherwise be rain to snow with the density of concrete, making roads, especially the hilly roads of West Virginia, precarious. After we get out of West Virginia, the trek through Ohio will be littered with spits and starts of a wintry mix that shouldn’t make driving conditions too troublesome. The real thrust of the system will be plowing through northern Indiana as we are getting ready to finish our day, and the last leg between Dayton and Richmond, Indiana, will be marked by increasingly heavy rain, and after we stop in Richmond for the night, just across the border from Ohio, the heavy rain will be switching over to snow. Quickly accumulating snow.
The snow won’t be falling for very long on our drive on Wednesday, but it will have fallen. The snow will stack up quickly over Indiana and across the Chicago area. There will be a few flurries for about an hour as we head out of Richmond, but the real issue will be whether or not the 7-10 inches of snow are off the highways of Indiana and Chicago. That’s right. 7-10 inches. Likely more in some locations, particularly just north of Indianapolis along I-65. Fortunately, the cut off for heavy snow will be along the Illinois-Wisconsin line. Milwaukee, it appears, will only get brushed by this swipe of winter.