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  1. Default Seattle to Vegas: I-5 Route OR I90/I82/I84/I15 in Dec?

    Hi,

    We are also planning to drive from Seattle to Las vegas in December around christmas. If we take this route I90 -> I82 -> I-84 -> I15 then would we encounter snow in between?

    Also if we dont go till Salt Lake and take US-93, what would be the road conditions?

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    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default Snoqualmie, Manashtash Ridge, Pendleton Hump, and SLC

    Short answer to your question: Yup.

    It's always best to carry chains out west when traveling, especially since you'll be crossing a few passes.

  3. Default Seattle to Vegas: I-5 Route OR I90/I82/I84/I15 in Dec?

    Which route is better?
    We dont care whether the route is scenic. Idea is to reach Vegas safely.

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    I5? Yikes. My vote is through SLC. Wintertires and chains in the car as mentioned before. Nice snow in Salt Lake City at this moment.
    YH

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    Default Current weather is the main issue to consider

    You really need to watch weather reports right up until the day of travel to determine which route you prefer. Neither route is better or safer than the other. Both routes have places where snow and ice can be an issue you will need to deal with.

    Watch the news, determine which route is likely to have the best weather during your driving days, and choose accordingly. You might find one route is better on your drive there while the other is better for the drive back.

    Personally, I think I would lean toward the SLC route. It might have more snow but I'd much rather drive on packed snow than on ice.

    You might review these Winter Driving Tips as well.

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