Lubbock, Texas to Great Falls, Montana

We are heading off on a south to north trek that will take us 2 1/2 days to complete. That’s one of the longer trips you can take without a huge west to east component. It’s 1305 miles between the two towns so our average speed will be about 66mph. Our daily goal will be 528.8 miles. Let’s ride the front range.

Our slow moving, weak area of low pressure continues to drift through the Rockies, but it will really get its act together when aided by some lee trading as the system descends into the High Plains. A dry slot will develop over the Texas Panhandle, but around the low itself, rain and thunderstorms will be heavy and at times torrential. We will likely snake around severe weather, but if we see any, it will be just after we cross into COlorado. Rain will continue until we reach the Aurora, Colorado area, just south of Denver’s airport.

An active pattern will continue through the center of the country, but we shouldn’t expect that widespread rain that we will encounter over Colorado tomorrow. Instead, there may be a few showers in the Denver area up to Fort Collins as we head out, but there is good agreement that we will see a long stretch of dry weather through southern Wyoming. The threat of rain will return, however, as we head north of Casper, and certainly by the time we get onto I-90. Isolated showers and storms will remain a possibility as we stop in Toluca, Montana, which is just east of Billings.

A system diving south through Alaska is going to help clear Montana out. Billings and most of southern Montana will be quite hospitable, but this little wave which reminds of a Clipper, will be a bundle of energy. Breezy winds and the first rounds of rain will arrive in Great Falls just before we do.