As luck would have it, this is going to be our last post until the Sunday after Christmas. Why is that? Why, it’s because I myself am going on an extended vacation and celebrating the holidays with my family. Anthony will be taking the same time off as well, so the site will be taking a sabbatical. We’ll miss giving your the latest weather forecasts and updates, but we certainly wish you a happy holiday. Now, let’s finish this weekk off with a bang, shall we?
Our trip will cover 5 days and 2827 miles. Broken down ,that means a pace of 69mph, and a daily goal of 552 miles a day. This is the last road trip of the year, and we are definitely going to make it count.
DAY ONE (Sunday)
The Pacific Northwest is getting hammered lately. Round after round of heavy rain and mountain snow are battering the region, and we will be at the tale of the latest round as we get underway. The heaviest rain and snow is coming overnight tonight, but that could still affect our day tomorrow. Driving through Snoqualmie Pass will be slow if the Pass needs to be cleared. Rain and snow will still be falling during the drive as well, and the slightest glaze could really ice up the roads at certain elevations. Traffic in Olympia and Tacoma before that will be slow as well, thanks to the rain. The eastern slope of the Cascades and much of eastern Washington will be dry, tough as the cold front refocuses from Idaho into northern California. We will encounter the wet weather again, which will be more consisternyl snow, from Coeur d’Alene east into hte Montana Rockies. We will start to see some clearing around Missoula, and stop shortly thereafter in Bearmouth.
DAY TWO (Monday)
Weird fact The length of I-90 across Montana is 551.6 miles, which also equals our daily goal. Of course, we will be turning off onto I-94, but who’s counting? The nice thing about the system we will be dealing with is that it won’t be making much of an eastward push on Monday. As we drive through the mountains until we reach flatter ground east of Bozeman, expect pretty consistent snow, with some rain mixing in in flatter ground. It will continue to be a rain snow mix through about Forsythe, east of Billings, but after that, we should be outpacing the wet weather. We will call it a day in Wibaux, Montana, which is a few miles from the North Dakota line.
DAY THREE (Tuesday)
The system that was so dangerous in the PAcific Northwest will be catching up to us again in the Upper Midwest. The bulk of it’s associated precipitation will be in South Dakota, but anything we see will be snow. Fortunately, it won’t be terribly windy, which is the real problem with storms this time of year in the Northern Plains. There will be threat for light snow throughout North Dakota, as well as in northwestern Minnesota. We will cross most Minnesota by the end of the day on Tuesday, stopping in Monticello, northwest of Minneapolis.
DAY FOUR (Wednesday)
We will be mixed up with some wet weather for most of the day again on Wednesday. Through the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin, expect some sloppy wet snow. The good news is, it won’t be falling heavily, and those two states are pretty good at keeping their roads clear. The threat for precipitation will continue through Madison, but should start to clear up around Janesville. The dry slow will be working into Chicago as we do. We will be exiting the dry slot in northwestern Indiana, encountering a slow moving cold front. Fronts never move quickly ahead of dry slots. The good news is, from Merrilville to Brookston, our destination for the night, precpitation should be falling as light rain.
DAY FIVE (Thursday)
The rain will continue overnight, but a wave developing in the Gulf will slide up through the Carolinas and draw our cold front a little more quickly to the southeast. Like, really quickly. Like, we won’t encounter precipitation on Thursday again until we reach West Virginia, and even then, it will primarily be in the form of some valley fog and very light showers. Lynchburg is just on the lee of the Appalachians, and it will be among the first paces in Virginia to dry out. Good news for us, as it will indeed be dry when we arrive in Lynchburg.