It’s a road trip! Or, should I say… a Rhode trip? No, I should not say that. It will take about 4 days to get from Providence to Cheyenne, covering 512 miles a day (or moving at 64mph). The 4th day will be a hair shorter. Let’s leave from one smallest state (in size) to another (in population)
The massive system setting up in the center of the country is going to play a huge role in this trip. Not on the first day though. It will play a large role, but not huge. The trip through New England into eastern Pennsylvania will be unremarkable. After we hit Lock Haven, PA, however, we will begin to encounter some scattered rain showers, which will carry us on to St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania, which is between Grove City and Clarion.
We will be in the warm sector for most of the day Sunday, and after a few morning showers in northern Ohio, things will clear out through Indiana. Seasonably warm temperatures will be ours to enjoy. Of course, we will arrive in La Salle, Illinois at about the same time as the nasty squall line. There is a chance for strong winds, hail or even a tornado near La Salle when we arrive.
It will be a stormy night in La Salle, but we can expect things to clear out and cool off by the time we leave Monday morning. There will be quite a bit of lingering overcast across I-80 west from La Salle. We will dodge a few drops of chilly drizzle, particularly crossing the Mississippi, and in eastern Nebraska. The day will end in Aurora, Nebraska, which is west of Lincoln, but not quite to Grand Island.
The final day, Tuesday, will begin and end drearily. There may be some of that persistent overcast in Aurora when we leave, but it won’t last long, and most of the drive through Nebraska will be dull. Weatherwise too. The next round of wet weather will be moving through the northern Rockies on Tuesday, and the initial batch of moisture will be spilling into Cheyenne (as rain) as we are making the final steps in the trip to the capital of Wyoming.