One last thing to do tonight. We’re headed on a lengthy trip, 4 1/2 days from the Pacific to Eastern Time Zone. I can assure you that the weather at one end of the trip will be a bit different than the other. Expect a pace of 68.8mph, which will net 550 miles a day in our 2477 mile adventure. There is no time to waste, so pike into the family cruise.
DAY ONE (Wednesday)
The drive from California eastward is always a terrifying hellscape of the western American wilderness. What if you break down? Well, you’re completely hose, because there isn’t anyone for miles. This is how we’ll feel everywhere east of Reno, all the way to the Bonneville Salt Flats of northwest Utah, wheere the day will end. The good news is, a ridge is settling into the region, and dry weather is expected.
DAY TWO (Thursday)
High pressure will still be in control of the western US, which is totally awesome! This will make the arduous drive through a Rockies go much more smoothly. We should make it through the rest of Utah and almost all of Wyoming before the day comes to a close. We’ll stop in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, right on the Nebraska border to end the day. Salt Lake City is going to seem huge when we drive through.
DAY THREE (Friday)
Friday’s drive is going to be just fine, and we’ll have a boundary in the southern Gulf of Mexico to thank for that. You see, there is a weak clipper forecast to move from Alberta towards the Upper Midwest just as we drive through Nebraska, but flow out of the Gulf will be virtually non-existent, thanks to that boundary down by the Yucatan and high pressure along the Gulf Coast. Instead of seeing any inclement weather, we will instead only see warming temperatures and somewhat breezy conditions. The day will end in Dexter, Iowa. I’ve stopped for gas there before in the real world. Nice town.
DAY FOUR (Saturday)
The systems that have been keeping precipitation development at bay on Friday will breakd down for Saturday. Through about LaPorte, Indiana, we will enjoy some pleasant conditions, though with increasing bluster. Starting with light flurries in northern Indiana, the threat for a wet snow will increase as that Clipper picks up stronger Gulf flow. We will be away from the source of moisture and the center of circulation, so we shouldn’t see snow much more intense than nuisance level, but it will still be our nuisance until we arrive in Toledo, calling it a night there.
DAY FIVE (Sunday)
Our little feature is going to be rapidly moving, and a some organization in the southeastern US will ensure it comes down faster than usual in the eastern Great Lakes. Most of the drive in Ohio will be fine, but Ashtabula is always snowy, and some of that flurry activity may stay with us all the way to Erie.