Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, CO
Today we embark on a 1,748 mile road trip, from the Southern Appalachians to the Central Rockies! Mountains to mountains! It’ll take 3 days to cover, and we’re gonna leave THIS morning, so we better get a move on!
A stationary boundary continues to sit just north of the area, so it’ll be a cloudy start to the day, but showers should be out of the Spartanburg area. However, we have to trek up into W NC to go through TN, so we’ll see some of those showers during the morning. An upper low is sitting over the Southern Plains/Lower MS River Valley and hasn’t been moving much over last couple of days, which will continue to pump moisture up over the TN/OH Valleys. We’ll continue to see rain showers as we trek through TN and over Western KY and finally into southern IL, where we finish the day in Marion.
The aforementioned upper low lifts north into the area during the overnight hours, bringing it’s swath of rain with it. It’ll be a soggy morning heading towards St. Louis and continuing westward, with rain showers expected through Missouri. We might see an early afternoon thunderstorm in the Kansas City area, but if we get past there, only isolated showers are expected in eastern KS as we move through the afternoon and evening hours. We finish the long day up in Hays, KS to fairly quiet conditions.
High pressure greets us this morning, with pleasant conditions heading west towards the Rockies. Weather should be pretty good all the way until we reach Denver, but a cold front is swinging through the Central Rockies, so we’ll be seeing rain showers as we negotiate our way through the passes. We could see some brief periods of snow in the higher up elevations, but anything significant should remain only in the highest peaks before the temperatures drop enough to make conditions too treacherous. We finish our journey in Grand Junction, where a few light rain showers greet our arrival.