Here we go, off on a 4 day trek through the heart of the country, stretching from Nexico to New England. It’s 2075 miles between the two cities, and we will average a pace of 63.9mph for our drive. That means 511 miles a day as we march northeastward. For a cross country trip, that’s not very much. More time to enjoy the scenery, I guess.
There is an area of low pressure that has developed over west Texas and is expected to touch off an active day over Oklahoma and the Dallas area both today and tomorrow. When we hit the road, strong southwest winds ay mean some blowing dust and sand in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Clouds will begin to invade the horizon in Oklahoma, and freshly fallen rain will allay the threat for dust as we approach El Reno, which is west of Oklahoma City and our destination for Thursday night.
Expect some lingering clouds across the remainder of Oklahoma as we make our way through the Sooner state, but the leading trough associated with this area of low pressure will lie over western Missouri. Not long after we cross into Missouri, however, we will see the threat for rain and even an isolated thunderstorm. In fact, the entire drive in Missouri will be marked by scattered showers and embedded thunderstorms. Severe weather even, isn’t entirely out of the question, but it would be a narrow window between Springfield and Fort Leonard Wood where we would see that. Our day will end in the west metro of St. Louis, near Valley Park.
The low we have been following through this point will become more associated with a system over the northern US and operate more accurately as a wave along a warm front. There won’t be much organization nor advancement on Saturday so scattered showers will lie in wait for us across central Indiana and Ohio. The trip through southern Illinois will be mostly cloudy but it should be dry until about Danville, when there are no guarantees. Even for the rest of the day, rain will be intermittent and fall mostly within scattered showers, rather than thunderstorms, and there will be long stretchs that the windows an be rolled down. Our day will end in Ashland, Ohio, which is northeast of Mansfield.
We will be north of the remnant area of low pressure which will be spinning over the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. Northeasterly flow will mean shower activity will continue to be imported into the Mid Atlantic. I’m not entirely sold on the threat for rain west of the Appalachians, but there will be clouds almost the entire way. The threat for rain will increase slightly in far eastern Pennsylvania, but the real issue will be some continued clouds. The real rain will be well south of Bridgeport.