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Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, Colorado

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.

Grand Junction

Athens, Georgia to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Only a short road trip today, barely clocking in at longer than 2 hours! This could barely be considered a road trip, but it must be traveled! What will be happening for this tiny voyage?

Athens, GA

The slow-moving upper-level low over the Central Gulf Coast continues to pump copious amounts of rain over LA/MS, bringing massive flooding to the low lying coastal areas. Thankfully, all this activity should be off to our west today as an area of high pressure sitting off the East Coast is keeping it at bay just enough. Cloudy skies are expected through the day, however, and could be an isolated midday shower near Spartanburg, but nothing to really worry about.



Spartanburg was right in the midst of this week’s storm system as it gathered itself and headed north towards the mid-Atlantic. There was a lot of ice in Virginia, and some thunderstorms brought destructive tornadoes to the southeast. Upstate South Carolina found itself sandwiched between the two features, and got a little bit of everything over the weekend. Thunderstorms, light snow, rain, you name it, they got it. Whaat they also got was a dreadful temperature forecast. It didn’t climb above 30 on Monday, which meant not only problems for the highs on Monday, but also the lows on Tuesday, as temperatures didn’t even start within 8 degrees of what many people expected. Accuweather had the fewest issues, thanks to a recognition of the potential for chilly temperatures in Spartanburg.
Actuals: Monday – Snow, thunderstorms, reported but not measured. High 30, Low 26
Tuesday – Rain, snow, thunderstorm, .01″ measured officially (I’m suspect) High 59, Low 30

Grade: B-D

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Naples, Florida

In theory, this should be a slightly longer trip than the one we had coming into Spartanburg. In practice? It will likley be the shorter of the trips, despite being estmated at nearly 11 hours of driving over the course of 731 miles. This will bring us to a pace of 67.4mph. The interstate in Florida is a race track. Let’s get going!

The churning machinations of a coastal trough and a strong, developing low over the Lower Mississippi Valley will help to generate shower activity across most of South Carolina, but the best chance to see any of the light rain will be in the small area we will be on I-95 over downstate South Carolina until we reach the Georgia border. Driving through east Georgia and into north Florida we will be fine, but the strength of the rotation over the southeastern US, as well as the presence of a jet streak over the Florida Peninsula will introduce the threat for some high clouds laden with scattered showers south of Ocala. The NAM in particular is pinpointing a bullseye around Lakeland late in the day tomorrow, which could lead to some showers on the east side of the Tampa metro. Don’t be surprised if there are some isolated showers or even a rumble of thunder all the way through Sarasota, but it should really start winding down as we approach Naples. Mostly cloudy, but still definitely Florida when we arrive.

Atlantic City, New Jersey to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Hey! This is trip one of two for the day. Both will involve Spartanburg, but one we will be leaving and another, we will be arriving. This time, we are arriving from the north after a 10 hour drive covering 665 miles. IF you couldn’t guess, we will do this drive at a pace of about 66.5mph. I think we can manage. Let’s get on the old dusty trail!

Atlantic City
I wish I had better news for you on this particular journey. The cold end of a feature moving out of the Ohio Valley will be arriving in the Mid Atlantic early on Friday, and it is going to take absolutely forever to get out of the Philadelphia area. Then we get to try Baltimore and Washington, and each will be progressively worse. It may even be a bit snowy or icy early in the day in northern North Carolina. Fortunately, it will probably take us so long to get out of the Megaplex to the north, we won’t be reaching North Carolina until the precipitation begins to wind down. Late in the day as we approach the Piedmont, most of the precipitation in the area will be lingering along the North Carolina border, and may be freezing there, but Spartanburg will be waiting on the heavy precipitation to the west. But lets talk about the earlier part of the trip again. The snow wll be slow going. It won’t be the monster that they saw earlier in the winter, but it should slow things down for the first workday f the week. The real problem will be where precipitation mixes, and that will be from Washington to the North Carolina border. Freezing Rain? Maybe. Sleet? Probably. Rain/snow mix? Almost certainly. That is a mess. It’s difficult to forecast in and even worse to drive in. If you think this trip is ACTUALLY getting done in 10 hours, you will be sorely disappointed. PLan on a night in northern Virginia, then finish it off when the temperature warms up on Tuesday. Good luck getting to Spartanburg!

Spartanburg, South Carolina

It’s not often that we are looking at a site in the teeth of a pending strong system, but here we are, looking at a Spartanburg with some nastiness on the way.

At 855PM, ET, Spartanburg was reporting a temperature of 28 degrees with overcast skies. The chill encompassing the region is a result of a ridge of high pressure over the mid Atlantic cycling unseasonably cool air to the south. Aloft, a sharp Arctc trough is sinking south in a bid to merge with a broader southern trough. The southern trough is helping to generate an off shore trough, which will generate a few showers off the Carolina coast tonight and through most of the day tomorrow.
By tomorrow afternoon, it will be the northern trough that will begin to draw attention to itself. A surface cyclone will begin to develop near Mississippi by midday tomorrow, and will continue to rapidly strengthen through the period. Because of the shortwave aloft associated with this development, it will move quickly eastward. By the end of the day tomorrow, expect some rain for the Piedmont as moisture gets drawn from the coastal trough. A cold front will reach the area in the predawn hours of Tuesday, bringing a helacious round of heavy rain with some thunder. As the boundary clears town, some wet snow may potentially mix in with the rain. With clouds clearing, expect temperatures to jump on Tuesday, despite the recent passage of a very active cold front. A blob of precipitation is expected to chase the primary feature out of town while associated with an inverted trough sliding through the Ohio Valley. Don’t be surprised if there is another round of light rain before midnight on Wednesday.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers possible late, High 40, Low 27
Tuesday – Very heavy rain early, with a wintry mix, then increasing temperatures and a mix late, High 56, Low 38

TWC: Tomorrow – Light freezing rain, Some sleet may mix in. High 40, Low 25
Tuesday – A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny, (late rain) High 58, Low 31

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of rain, freezing on surfaces; cold; roads and sidewalks will be slippery High 35, Low 25
Tuesday – Cloudy and milder (late rain) High 59, Low 33

NWS: Tomorrows – A chance of freezing rain before 11am, then rain likely. Cloudy, High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, High 56, Low 34

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. A chance of freezing rain in the morning, then rain and freezing rain likely in the afternoon. High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Not as cool, High 56, Low 34

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Chance of Light Rain High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 55, Low 34

FIO: Tomorrow – Mixed precipitation throughout the day. High 40, Low 29
Tuesday – Rain in the morning. High 59, Low 40

Looking pretty ugly out there. Whether or not they get any freezing rain will depend heavily on how fast it can warm up tomorrow. Here is the satellite, which is fairly docile so far.

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Rome, Georgia

It’s not often we get much shorter road trips than this. The trek from Upstate South Carolina to northwest Georgia should take fewer than 4 hours, even with a trip through the north side of Atlanta. The distance between the two cities is a mere 230 miles, which places our average speed of 61.9mph. Imagine how short the trip would be without Atlanta.

There is a swath of rain moving out of the Carolina Piedmont, which is bringing rain to the Spartanburg area tonight and an area of low pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico. The cold front will be off shore as we depart, while the low will be lifting northward. It won’t bring significant rain to the region while we are driving, but west of Athens to Rome (where is this trip?) clouds will become more widespread and there could be a quick, brief downpour in that same stretch of road. Those spits of rain will continue after we have arrived for the night.

How do you not hit 80 in a heat wave in the south?

We have been talking about the heat gripping the country, dangerously so, for a few days now. You would think that places in the south would be at least in the 90s. Sure, there was some convection and the humidity may cap temperatures in the upper 80s. Well, in the Piedmont of Upstate South Carolina, the convection led to an overcast that allowed no radiative heating on Saturday, and temperatures only hit 78 in Spartanburg. Sure, it’s usually cooler in that part of the world than areas surrounding, but come on! This obviously threw off forecasts, but Weatherbug ended up with the top forecast, 6 degrees off on the forecast high on Saturday.
Actuals: Saturday – .01 inches of rain, High 78, Low 64
Sunday – High 86, Low 69

Grade: C

Columbia, Missouri to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Isn’t there a closer Columbia for Spartanburg residents to welcome guests from? Neither city is on a major interstate, and the trip will take a day and a half and cover 784 miles. Our pace will be about 62.1mph, which is rather slow, but not egregiously so. We will cover 496.9 miles on the first day in the car, which will leave us just a few hours to Spartanburg on Sunday.


The heat is building into the center of the country, and this will be especially true in Missouri and Illinois. The Gulf will pump moisture north that will begin to rise convectively almost as soon as the system arrives on shore. Some of those storms will make it’s way as far north as Tennessee. The threat for storms will come as we arrive in about Clarksville, Tennessee and stay with us for the rest of our drive. We will make it to Boma, Tennessee. There will be a chance, as I said, for wet weather, but truth be told, the heaviest weather will be south of our route.

The drive will be OK to begin, since the thunderstorms activity will taper off over night, but the Smokeys that we have to pass through will be a good instigator for a few more thunderstorms Sunday. Don’t be surprised if we see some wet weather between Knoxville and Asheville, North Carolina. The wet weather will not follow us, however, from Asheville to Spartanburg, and we should expect some nice, hot weather in Spartanburg for our arrival.

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg, which I imagine to be rather austere and without lavish amenities or luxury.

At 1115, Spartanburg was reporting temperature of 68 degrees with cloudy skies. Just down the road in Greenville, light rain was being reported, and radar detected similarly light showers ranging from Hickory, North Carolina all the way to Greenville. Temperatures were cooler in the Piedmont, north of a boundary associated largely with the Gulf of Mexico’s moist flow, though clouds and showers no doubt had something to do with the the seasonably pleasant weather.
The upper level jet is helping create a very strong ridge over the eastern 2/3 of the country, which means there will be no strong systems moving in there area. Instead, summer time convection will be in full force, particularly to the south of Spartanburg. Temperatures across the center of the country will be very hot, which can only aid in the on shore flow, meaning thunderstorms are a near certainty in the afternoons over the weekend.
Tomorrow- Warm and steamy, with afternoon showers and storms, High 85, Low 66
Sunday – Thunderstorms in the afternoon, otherwise steamy, High 91, Low 65

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy. High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly cloudy High 87, Low 66

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and less humid High 86, Low 68
Sunday – Partly sunny with low humidity High 89, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly sunny, High 89, Low 67

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. High 84, Low 66
Sunday – Partly sunny. High 88, Low 68

Not as bad as it would be off to the west, but still very summery. Radar shows just a few showers around.