One coast to another for this 4 day trip. We’ll head from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean, covering 2109 miles in the process. We are going to average 70.3mph, which is pretty good. Our first three days will have a goal of 562 miles thanks to that swift rate of speed, leaving the rest for a leisurely Monday.
DAY ONE (Friday)
We’re headed off through the Upper Midwest on Friday, and there is another wave moving into the region. There will be some isolated rain and snow, with a little convection possible in northern Minnesota into the Dakotas. We will be in neither, however, and we will enjoy a pretty nice, relaxed drive through Wisconsin and Iowa. There might be an isolated shower late in the day over northwestern Iowa, or perhaps in northeastern Nebraska, but I have a hunch the drive will be dry throughout the day. We’ll end it for the afternoon in Lincoln.
DAY TWO (Saturday)
Things are going to get a little dicier on Saturday. The system is going to sink further south, and there may be a few showers in Lincoln, but there will be a bit of a rain shadow through western Nebraska, but at the base of the trough producing this system, well, that’s where the real show will be. Don’t be surprised if there are widespread and heavy snowshowers from Fort Morgan to Denver, and then in the mountains west of the Mile High City. The threat for snow will be best south of the Palmer Divide, which is great news for us, as we will be north of that particular geographic feature. Snow will still be possible, and it will make driving… interesting. The day will end at Shiner Pass near Vail.
DAY THREE (Sunday)
It’ll be our time to shine on Easter. Snow will be shifting out of Colorado overnight, so we will simply be able to enjoy the scenery. Utah is vast and empty, so we will be able to really zip through the Beehive State under high pressure. We will pull up short of Las Vegas in the town of Riverside, Nevada for the night. Something squeamish for me about ending a high holiday in Sin City.
DAY FOUR (Monday)
There is a potent system threatening to sink south towards the southwestern United States by the early part of next week, but we will be driving before it can really make an impact along out route. Southern Nevada will be a bit breezy, but by the time we clear the Sierras and start headed towards the LA Basin, it should be pretty great SoCal weather. Not bad in Oxnard.