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Olympia, Washington to New York, New York

Well we just did a cross country road trip, so why not do another one? This family is a glutton for punishment. Today, we embark on a 2800+ mile road trip from the capital of Washington to The City That Never Sleeps. It’s going to take a full 6 days to make the trip, so here we go!

DAY ONE

Today starts our intimate trip of I-90 as we’ll be spending plenty of time getting to know it on this trip. A trough is continuing to push through the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies this weekend, kicking up widespread rain showers from Olympia through the Cascades. They’ll taper off a bit as we push through Central WA, but as we start to head through the tiny bit of Northern Idaho and eventually into western MT, we can expect some snow showers to greet us thanks to the elevation change. It will probably be some slow going for the evening as we end our night in Missoula, Mt.

DAY TWO

Today isn’t going to be much better than the end of Day 1 as the storm system starts to slowly push out into the Plains. However, the snow focused along the inverted trough will keep snow over a decent chunk of our trip today. Billings looks at getting a few inches throughout the day, which is where we’ll have to drive through as we eventually make our way to Wyoming. We’re only making it to Sheridan tonight, darn snow!

DAY THREE

Today will be a long day as we try and make up some time, but we’ll still be somewhat vexed by the storm system we’re “chasing” it seems. The early part of the drive through northwest WY should be cloudy but otherwise fairly quiet, and looks to stay that way until we pass by Rapid City, SD. As we continue eastward on I-90 through the state, we could see some more rain/snow showers by the time we make it to central SD. Luckily any activity should be fairly light and spotty, and eventually we make our way into Sioux Falls, SD for the night.

DAY FOUR

Finally we’ve escaped that storm system! It kinda fizzled out as it pushed into the Great Lakes overnight as high pressure built in behind it over the Upper Midwest. That bodes well for us as today’s trip through Southern MN and southern WI should be fairly uneventful. We end the night in Rockford, IL, only 30someodd miles from my hometown!

DAY FIVE

High pressure will continue to sit over the Great Lakes region throughout the day, so other than some morning clouds, another dry day is in store for us. We’ll traverse our way through Chicago and northern Indiana before negotiating some road construction in Northern Ohio. We’ll end our day in Youngstown, OH, only 1 day to go!

DAY SIX

High pressure still controls the Northeast although a weak boundary is kicking up some showers over NY and southern MI. Luckily, our route through PA and northern NJ will avoid any of those precipitation hiccups. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected, but should be smooth sailing weather-wise into NYC for the evening!

New York City, New York to San Diego, California

Crisscrossing the nation, we are. The trip will cover 2805 miles and will nose into a 6th day again. It’s actually a bit shorter than yesterday’s trip (by an hour) but that’s still really long. We will cover 520 miles a day at a speed of 65mph. This is a seriously long and nasty trip, so we had better get on our way!

DAY ONE

An area of low pressure moving trhough Canada is producing a cold front that will strafe the Great Lakes tomorrow. As we head west, the system will head east. We will intersect with this line of showers with embedded thunderstorms around Pittsburgh (or rather, south of Pittsburgh). The heaviest rain will likely be as we drive through the sliver of West Virginia we will encounter, including the city of Wheeling. The rest of our drive through Ohio will be fairly rainy as well, though it will finally begin to taper off as we arrive in Columbus, the destination for day one.

DAY TWO
The next system is already going to be moving through Canada on Monday as we make our way west. Lingering moisture after the front moves through will lead to some cloudy skies and drizzle across most of the route on Monday. We will pass through Indianapolis and St. Louis on our way to St. James, Missouri, in the middle of the state. Expect conditions to be very near to clearing up when we arrive. The cold front associated with the second system will be just off to our west when we arrive.

DAY THREE
For the first several hours of our drive, likely until we arrive in the Tulsa area, where showers and storms will lurk just off to our southeast. The system will be close enough to us that we may see some drizzle, or at the very least some occasionally breezy winds thanks to the downdrafts of collapsing storms. After Tulsa, however, clear, dry skies will be on the horizon until we reach Elk City in western Oklahoma, where we will call it a night.

DAY FOUR
Finally, a day with no inclement weather. We will make it from Elk City and across the Panhandle of Texas and through most of New Mexico with no weather problems. Some hill country out west might cause engine problems if we decide to take the ’89 Caravan, but otherwise, we should roll into Prewitt, New Mexico with no issues. (Prewitt is about a third of the way from Grants to Gallup)

DAY FIVE
We should stay prety dry again on Thursday, finishing our last hour or so in New Mexico, and then 7 more in Arizona. We will cross the state diagonally, cutting through Phoenix and headed towards Yuma, stopping about 30 miles east of town in Wellton. Late in the day, there is a chance to see some light showers north of Phoenix after we get through the city, but it shouldn’t impact us in any way.

DAY SIX
Finally an end to our long drive, as we head towards San Diego. We won’t see any real problems, except, perhaps, for some toasty weather in southern California, and some early clouds in Wellton. It may be cloudy as we descend into San Diego, but that’s not really a problem, is it?