Apologies for the late posting. The time change really threw me. We are taking a lengthy, 4 1/2 day road trip that will cover 2286 miles. We are going to cover about 66 and a half miles an hour, which will get us 532.5 miles a day, more or less. It’s going to be an interesting mix of I-80 and state highways, so we will have to see how this all goes.
There is a wee little low pressure (that is fully developed and what not, but is just very tiny) moving through the Mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio Valley. It’s going to hang out in central Indiana as we try to leave tomorrow morning, providing what will likely be a sloppy, rain snow mix. It dropped up to 9 inches of snow on parts of Missouri, but temperatures won’t allow any of it to stick. The precip will end by the time we reach Peoria, and sunny skies are in store through Missouri. The stop will be in St. Joes, Missouri.
We will have no issues with the day on Wednesday, except maybe that thing where you put on a jacket in the morning because it’s chilly, but then the sun shining in the car makes it really warm, and you are stuck wearing a jacket driving through southeastern Nebraska, but you need to get it off because it’s SO hot, but you can’t because you’re driving. Anyways, we’ll get to the Nebraska/Wyoming border and the delightful burgh of Pine River.
A large system off to the west will move into the Northern Rockies overnight, and we will awake to find rain in Pine River. That rain will continue through the lower elevations of eastern Wyoming and turn to snow in the high elevation. It will be all snow by the time we reach Rawlins, with snow then likely for the rest of the trip to Rowley Junction, Utah, which is south of the Great Salt Lake. Fortunately, the really heavy precipitation will be in Colorado and not a bother for anyone headed for Medford.
Most of the drive through northern Nevada and the rest of Utah will be fine, so long we don’t run out of gas. Another system moving into the coast will push into Oregon by the time we arrive though, and there will be a threat for rain almost as soon as we cross the state line. The day will end just over 2 hours from Medford in Lakeview, Oregon. We won’t see the lake, however, because of the rain.
The front in question will long be through Medford and Lakeview by the time we get driving on Saturday, but we should still have a few mountain showers between Lakeview and Klamath Falls, and Klamath Falls and Medford. Expect a dreary arrival in Medford, though likely more pleasant than what we would find along the coast.