We’re headed out of town again, this time on a three day trip out of the northeasternmost state in the union. We will cover 1634 miles, at a pace of 68.1mph, and will divide the travel into three neatly arranged 545-ish mile days. Not much to it beyond that, shall we be on our way?
DAY ONE (Tuesday)
New England looks to be a mess tomorrow, much as it is today. Low pressure is moving up the coast, the remnants of the severe weather that came to the southeast over the weekend. An extremely heavy band of moisture is going to move through overnight tonight. Right now, it looks like snow is falling over Maine, with a sloppy transition area from Portsmouth to central Massachusetts. This transition will shift to the northeast with the heavy moisture. There will probably be some sleet as we get out of Lewiston, with a change to rain by the time we hit Portland. The good news is, I expect precipitation will fall as rain for most of the drive on Tuesday, and will lighten up by Boston. The drive will be close enough to the coast that rain is in the forecast, but not far inland from our route, there is sure to be snow mixing back in. We’ll finally break out of the rain around Allentown, which is good, as the terrain will begin to undulate a bit more for the rest of the day. It’s not going to last much longer, as we will call it a day in Dickinson, Pennsylvania, which will arrive just past Harrisburg.
DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Most of the drive on Wednesday will be fairly pleasant, between the monster system that will be on its way for the Canadian Maritimes and another feature that is tracking further north, and will have access to less moisture. We’ll make it to eastern Tennessee before the day ends, but we will arrive at about the same time as a line of showers and thunderstorms that will be blowing up along the second system’s cold front. The day will end in Kingston, Tennessee, west of Knoxville.
DAY THREE (Thursday)
Behind the front, life looks pretty good. There may be some post frontal overcast, with some intermittent drizzle, which will likely last only through eastern Tennessee. The drizzle is unlikely, and any threat for it will be done after we pass through Nashville. Expect chilly temperatures but sunny skies as we arrive in Hot Springs. Maybe we can see about finding one of those Hot Springs while we’re here…