We have a two and a half day drive ahead of us with this forecast, perhaps getting out of the way of Hurricane Sandy which moves ever closer to the east coast. Will the 1304 mile journey be in time? Plan on a pace of 61.9. That will mean our first two days will be through after 495 miles, with the final leg, of course, being a half day. Let’s go dodge some hurricanes.
Our concern on our Saturday leg will actually be a boundary moving through the Great Lakes and not Sandy. The trip through southern New England and eastern New York will be surprisingly calm, given the storm that’s to come. We will start to see clouds after we pass through Utica, with the threat for rain starting as we pass through Syracuse. Heavier rain with a good dose of cold air behind it, will be a problem when we hit Buffalo. This storm has caused snow in the Midwest, but I think, strange as it sounds, that we will have too much moisture to create snow, as temperatures in Buffalo won’t cool quite enough. Still, it will be rainy and dreary when we arrive in Blasdell, a southern suburb of Buffalo.
Sandy will keep that boundary pinned in the eastern Great Lakes, and will keep rain in the forecast through Cleveland. At the back end of this system, don’t be surprised if at this point, precipitation begins to change over to snow. That won’t last too long, and by the time we get out of the Cleveland metro, we should be in for drier roads. It will still be cloudy through northern Indiana and the south side of Chicago. We will make it through Chicago before stopping in the equally cloudy but by this point fairly day Princeton, Illinois, just west of La Salle.
While Manchester gets blasted by Sandy, we will only contend with some clouds and a very isolated drop as we cross the Mississippi into Iowa. Waterloo will be on the cusp of a warming trend, but it won’t be there yet.