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Couer d’Alene, Idaho to Minneapolis, Minnesota

We’re on the go again tonight! From far northern Idaho here to VW headquarters, it’ll take 1,346 miles to cover the journey. What kind of weather will we see from the Rockies through the Plains? Let’s explore!


High pressure is found over southern Alberta building down over portions of the Northern Rockies and ND, keeping the bulk of shower and thunderstorm activity over far southern Montana and into Wyoming. A fairly quiet start to the day is expected as we head eastward out of Couer d’Alene and past Missoula and Butte. Some spotty shower activity is possible once we get to Bozeman, but anything of substance should remain off to the south as we finish the day in Billings.


High pressure continues to build down over the far northern US, encompassing eastern Montana and North Dakota. This should make for a pretty quiet and sun-filled drive along I-94 as we trek from Billings past Miles city and into ND. We eventually finish our day in Bismarck.


It’s going to sound like a broken record, but that’s a good thing in this case! Our friendly high pressure system continues keeping us shielded as we finish our tour of I-94 today. Sunny skies will continue to greet us as we push through Jamestown and Fargo into Minnesota. Alexandria and St. Cloud make for good afternoon pit stop locations before we pull into Minneapolis!

A late arrival

Right now, the Panhandle of Idaho is being buried by a Pacific system that is bringing white out conditions and accumulations in the Coeur D’Alene area. At the beginning of the week, we didn’t see a lot of the inclement weather, despite knowing that it was on it’s way. There were some lingering flurries on Monday, but Tuesday was a long calm before the storm, which was just getting going to the south of Coeur D’Alene. Accuweather collected the top forecast thanks in large part to a very good temperature forecast, and despite not having the flurries on Monday.
Actuals: Monday – Snow reported not measured, High 32, Low 19
Tuesday – High 28, Low 15

Grade: C

Altoona, Pennsylvania to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

All right everyone, we’re on the road again. The trip today is going to be a long one, from western Pennsylvania to northern Idaho. It is going to take us about 4 days to make the trip that will cover 2311 miles. This means a pace of 68mph for at least 3 days. The fourth day will last 10 hours and will be longer, but those first three days will be over after 543.7 miles. We’re enjoying the far northern end of the country just as winter makes it’s first icy incursion.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
Well, I can’t tell you that this is going to be a particularly enjoyable start to our trip. In order to get to the cold temperatures I threatened in the intro of this post, you will need a system to move through the pull in the colder temperatures. We will start out dry, but that will last maybe half an hour before we intersect the northwest flank of a very active system moving towards the Mid-Atlantic. Fortunately, this system will also bring north with it plenty of warm air, so as we drive from western Pennsylvania through Ohio and to Angola, Indiana, the precipitation we will be driving through will be rain.  Then, we will break through to a windier, colder environment as we finish off the drive into the south side of Chicago, where we will stop in Markham, Illinois.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
A trailing low, the one in charge of pumping cold air into the region, will be doing its job on Wednesday. There is a little bit of precipitation associated with it, and this will definitely be snow. We’ll be behind the cold front as we begin the day on Wednesday, and we should be able to stay dry through the Twin Cities. From that point, though, the chilly temperatures make for a conducive environment for flurry activity, which will be possible through central Minnesota, to the town of Osakis, between St. Cloud and Alexandria, where we will call it a day.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
A tendril of high pressure is going to be building into the  High Plains towards the end of the week. We will see some more flurries from Osakis to the North Dakota border, but from that point forward, we’ll be able to enjoy the vast horizon, as we drive westward. We’ll make it to Montana, and stop at Diamond Ring road near Terry.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
The next round of snw will move into Montana while we sleep, and there could be a ground blizzard through the eastern 2/3 of the state, before we reach the mountains. This could be a serious problem for us, as we may need to hold off driving on I-90, should the Montana State Patrol shut the road down. That will depend on the wind, because the snow won’t be terribly heavy. The wind will die down when we reach the mountains, but the snow intensity will pick up. We’re going to have to play it safe on this drive, as it’s going to be snowy all the way to Coeur d’Alene.

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

We’ve been so focused on the weather out east lately, I think it’s a time we head out west for a spell.

At 656PM, MT, Coeur d’Alene was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 31 degrees. The serene weather in Coeur d’Alene belied the weather just to the east, where snow was intense enough that a winter storm warning had been issued for the mountains of northern Idaho.  A broad upper level trough is shifting quickly away from the region, and the surface feature will reflect that, with clearing coming even to the mountains by sunrise tomorrow.
All of the weather in the region will be based off of that broad trough. The region of snow in the area right now will move out to lead to mostly sunny skies tomorrow, but a lobe of instability will develop at the back end of the trough generating another area of mountain snow and valley rain for Tuesday. The bulk of the activity will pass south of Coeur d’Alene, but still close enough that it needs to be in the forecast.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 29, Low 20
Tuesday – Scattered  snow showers. High 25, Low 18

TWC: Tomorrow –  Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 30, Low 21
Tuesday – Sunny skies High 23, Low 18

AW: Tomorrow – Chilly with intervals of clouds. Partly sunny, and sunshine High 31, Low 21
Tuesday – Partly sunny and cold High 27, Low 16

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of snow after 5pm. Mostly cloudy High 28, Low 22
Tuesday – Partly sunny, High 23, Low 16

WB: Tomorrow: Partly sunny in the morning, Becoming cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. High 32, Low 25
Tuesday – Party sunny, High 29, Low 20

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers, High 28, Low 23
Tuesday – Partly cloudy 23, Low 16

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. HIgh 32, Low 21
Tuesday – Light snow until morning. High 27, Low 14

I guess I’m looking at the same data as FIO. It will be interesting to see the time of the snow, which is indeed falling in the mountains east of town at this late hour.



Low temperatures confound

What the heck happened to Coeur D’Alene yesterday morning? Admittedly, I scuffled with my forecast more than many of the other outlets, but yesterday morning, there were no good forecasts for the morning low. It didn’t get below 62 yesterday in Coeur D’Alene, which had a bit to do with some brisk north-northeasterly winds, as well as dew points in the low 50s. Accuweather and the Weather Service had the top forecasts for the north Idaho city.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 86, Low 53
Wednesday – High 89, Low 62

Grade: B

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Iowa City, Iowa

Today we cover 1,546 miles from Coeur d’Alene to Iowa city. Perhaps a wide-eyed college freshman is moving in to start the year? Seems like an odd pairing of cities, but let’s see what the weather will be like connecting the two over the next three days!

Coeur d'Alene


High pressure is sitting over Western and Central Canada and is dropping southward into the Northern Plains. There’s been a vast supply of monsoonal moisture streaming over the Four Corners the last couple of days, but it’ll make it no further north than Wyoming due to this area of high pressure. Weather all day will be very pleasant and dry all the way to Billings, our stop for the first night.


The large area of high pressure continues to sag southeastward, setting up shop over Manitoba and western Ontario by midday, as well as over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Further to the south, a stalled out frontal boundary continues to linger over the Central Plains and tail upwards a bit into CO and southeast WY. All this means, however, is that showers and thunderstorms should remain off to the south of our entire route today as well. Some high clouds will probably blow over the area, but that’s about it. We’ll end our night in Murdo, SD, found in the central part of the state.


Well, we certainly picked a great time to travel from Montana to Iowa! That area of high pressure continues to drop southeastward, and by late evening will be found planted firmly over the Great Lakes. More sunny and dry weather is expected throughout the day as we make our way out of eastern SD and through far southern MN until we finish our trip up in Iowa City.

iowa city

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

My apologies for the late night forecast, but since we’re forecasting for the western part of the country, it’s not nearly as big a deal. At least that’s what I am telling myself.

At 855PM, PT, Coeur D’Alene was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees under clear skies. The upper level trough that had been drawing monsoonal moisture north into the region had shifted east into the Dakotas. Clear skies have moved into the area instead as high pressure build in from Canada.
While surface high pressure is fairly evident in the forecast, an upper level trough was diving through the heart of it. Behind the trough, over the Pacific Northwest, a thermal ridge was in place and wasn’t showing any signs of breaking. This will prevent the cool Canadian air from moving in, and suppress the monsoon. Coeur d’Alene looks pretty good for the next two days.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 86, Low 49
Wednesday – Warmer still, and sunny, High 90, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 80, Low 53
Wednesday – Sunny High 85, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Bright and sunny High 86, Low 52
Wednesday – Sunny and very warm high 90, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 86, Low 57
Wednesday – Sunny, High 89, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 86, Low 55
Wednesday – Sunny, High 90, Low 55

For some reason, Weatherbug didn’t want to give me the forecast for the right city. Also, if you need The Weather Channel, it appears they are out to lunch.
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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Casper, Wyoming

From extreme northern Idaho to eastern Wyoming, our 3-state trip will cover 784 miles over 2 days. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the Northern Rockies these days!

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An area of high pressure is trying to move through central British Columbia/Alberta, as a plume of moisture from the Pacific continues to ride up over an upper-level ridge that’s found over the Western US and into Western Canada. Scattered showers are possible as we get underway out of Coeur D’Alene and into Western Montana, but luckily shouldn’t last too long as we head into the lee side of the Rockies. Conditions should still be cloudy and probably still breezy throughout a good chunk of the day, but overall shouldn’t be anything too harrowing as we pull into Billings for the night.


With the plume of moisture remaining firmly over the Canadian Rockies, our jaunt down I-90 and I-25 should be fairly uneventful. Broad high pressure will keep the weather dry, and won’t nearly be as gusty as it was going through central Montana. A nice drive along the mountains will be a scenic way to end this trip!


Sandusky, Ohio to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Ah, the return of a former favorite, Coeur D’Alene, and one monster, 4 day road trip to get there. Get ready for some driving on the High Plains, that’s for sure. It’s a 2028 mile journey that we will cover at a pace of 66.5 miles per hour. Those empty spaces come in handy for that much. At that pace, we will maneuver through 531.7 miles of the country a day. Let’s pack up the RV and be on our way.


Westerly flow across the Great Lakes is undoubtedly giving Michiganders headaches, with snow flurries and clouds omnipresent across the state. Fortunately, we will be driving through Ohio and eventually through Chicago instead. Temperatures will be quite chilly by the time we reach Wisconsin, but we should avoid any snowfall, even nuisance snows after we have moved through Gary. The day’s drive will end in Tomah, Wisconsin, which is right at the 90-94 split in western Wisconsin.

A weak little clipper has been, and will continue to shuttle some flurries from north Dakota through Minnesota towards Wisconsin. It will amplify over night tomorrow and some full blown light snow will be seen in Tomah, and will ride with us as far west as Albert Lea, Minnesota. The front causing this snow will actually be a warm front, and when we get through the flurries, temperatures will soar majestically into the 20s and low 30s We will enjoy this idyllic weather all the way to Draper, South Dakota, which is nearly due south of Pierre.

Yet another wave will ripple over the Rockies as we sleep in Draper. More dlurries, this time accompanied by a little wind, will greet us when we wake Thursday morning. Winds will begin to taper when we pass into Montana, but the snow will still linger with us. For a while, actually, after we get west of Billings, some of the snow could mix in with a little bit of sleet, which could make roads even slicker. I don’t think this is a huge possibility, because freezing precipitation isn’t typically a huge problem in Montana. More likely, the snow is just really wet when we arrive in Livingston, which is east of Bozeman.

The heaviest snow in the northern Rockies will definitely be coming overnight Thursday into Friday, and it’s going to begin to taper off as the Pacific wave subsides. We will still see some snow, particularly from Deer Lodge, through Missoula and to the Idaho border. Expect the threat for some more precipitation, perhaps in the form of some rain when we arrive in the Idaho Panhandle, in Coeur d’Alene.