Today we embark on a trip through the Nations Heartland into the scenic Rocky Mountains. 1,402 miles separate Peoria, IL and Idaho Falls, ID, which will take us 3 days to traverse. Will we get caught up in some system, since November likes to be a tumultuous time as the seasons change. Let’s see what happens for our trip!
An area of low pressure continues to develop over the Central Plains, ahead of a system pushing through the Central Rockies. Increasing southerly winds will cause conditions to be kinda breezy throughout the morning as we head out of Peoria to the Quad Cities and continue westward on I-80 through Iowa. Winds will quell a bit as we push through Omaha as we pass by the main center of low pressure and push through the cold front. Dry conditions are expected all day but temperatures will start to fall as we end our day in Grand Island, NE.
Low pressure intensified overnight and moved through the area, making for some very gusty northerly winds when we wake up as well as a mix of some rain/snow showers. Accumulating snow is found in western Nebraska while maybe just a light dusting on grassy surfaces happened in the Grand Island area. We shouldn’t have too many issues as we continue westward on I-80 for the entire day as anything should be cleared off the interstate by the time we get there. Winds will settle down as we continue into Wyoming and fairly benign conditions are expected as we finish the day in Rawlins, WY.
High pressure moving overhead will make for a fairly chilly but sunny start to the day as we continue along I-80 to Rock Springs and then start heading northwest through the mountains. We won’t quite make it far enough north to see Yellowstone, but will cruise on by Grand Teton National Park as we push into Idaho and eventually to our destination of Idaho Falls!