Hinesville, Georgia to Longview, Washington

Our drive today is going to be quite lengthy. Well, OK, our drive for this week. It’s going to be 5 1/2 days t get from coast to coast, covering 2887 miles. Wow! Our average pace will be about 66mph, so let’s plan on covering 528 miles a day. There is a lot of driving in our future, so we had better get started!

Yet another wave is moving through the mid-Atlantic, but it won’t be the crippling winter wave for the southeast that I’m sure everyone in that part of the world dreads. Travelers, I’m sure, are even more wary of nasty conditions in this part of the world. Tomorrow, though, the worst weather will only consist of clouds and light rain, with some fog in the valleys, and it would only be falling from the Atlanta metro to just outside of Chattanooga. Not bad at all. As for the drive, it will end in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Our luck is going to turn on Thursday. A wave moving into the Plains is going to spin up a quickly deepening area of low pressure moving into Missouri from Oklahoma. Warm air will rush to meet us in Tennessee and Kentucky, but that warm weather will also be fuel for some strong thunderstorms. As we cross the cold front, there is a pretty decent chance we see strong or even severe thunderstorms. Our route will take us through the triple point of the low, and since we will hit it in the early afternoon when cells are developing and perhaps rotating, there is a chance we will pass through a tornado warning or two. We will be on the cold side of the front by the time we reach St. Louis, and we may end up seeing some snow, even, at the back end of the system through northern Missouri. Our day will end in Choutou, Missouri, in the Kansas City, Missouri.

Chilly weather will be the name of the game on Friday, but we won’t have to concern ourselves with the nasty weather that we saw on Thursday. The drive up to and through most of Nebraska should be cool and partly to mostly cloudy, but a downslope flow into western Nebraska will mean even more clouds in Sutherland, Nebraska, the destination for this leg of the trip.

The flow will continue to override the northern Rockies and kick up a few snow showers throughout Wyoming, and a lot of clouds. The drive won’t be inundated or snow swept, but it could get dicey in the high country. The drive will come to an end in Fort Bridger in western Wyoming.

From Fort Bridger westward, we will be underneath a nice little upper level ridge. The snow will be intensifying on the eastern exposures of the Rockies, but through Utah and into the Sun Valley in Idaho, things will be awfully pleasant. No arguments here, especially after that nasty weather we saw back on Thursday. We can call it a night in Meridian, a suburb of Boise.

Monday is a long way out, but the way it looks, guidance is suggesting that the Columbia Valley will be filled with low level moisture, which will mean clouds and some light rain through northern Oregon pretty much immediately after we hit Pendleton and head west. The rain will continue to be a possibility, even increasing a bit after we pass west of Mount St. Helens and into Longview.