This is quite excellent timing. If we had tried this over the weekend, I’m not sure we would have made it more than a couple hours out of Elmira. If I-81 isn’t clear, we still might have some issues. I think it will be ok, though. This will be a two day trek covering 1190 miles. As always, day one will be the long day, covering 535 miles at a blistering pace of 66.9mph. Shall we be on our way, then?
DAY ONE (Thursday)
There is a clipper sliding through the Great Lakes. It’s a generally low level feature, and as such, is not expected to be able to hoist any moisture over the Appalachians. We will be riding the edge of the mountains, sliding along the lee of the range through Pennsylvania and the part of West Virginia that saw the most snow. There won’t be any fresh snow while we are driving, so we will bypass the area pretty quickly. Virginia should be plowed out by now, and we will continue to the southwest corner of the state, calling it a day in Rural Retreat.
DAY TWO (Friday)
Overnight, a little bit of moisture might find its way into far southwest Virginia and the Tri Cities of eastern Tennessee, with a few sprinkles possible for the first half hour of the drive on Friday. Don’t worry too much about it. Even if it falls as snow, the pavement will be warm enough that it won’t stick. The drive will be pleasant all the way through the southeast to Jackson. And then the weather in Jackson? Immaculate.