I'm helping my daugher move from Branson, Mo to Orange County, CA. I'm driving a small U-haul truck and my two daughters (in their 20s & not much winter driving experience) are driving a front wheel drive car. We leave early Saturday morning. My original plans were to get to Tulsa & I-44, down to OK City and take I-40 all the way to I-15 and L.A. and using 3 days to drive the 1635 miles (with stops in Tucucari, NM and Williams, AZ.
But, as I watch the weather forecast for Sat, Sun & Mon, it looks like we could hit the tail end of 3-4 days worth of snow west of Albuquerque. I have never drove to the west coast and don't have chains, & only driven a u-haul once (I swore 26 years ago, never again, but....). I will continue to monitor the weather but am currently researching the best way to angle down to I-10. I-70 looks like they will get a lot of snow; so I'm going to stay south. AND I have a plane reservation on Thursday, Jan 10 for our return, that I don't wish to miss.
The 3 alternate routes that I am looking at are:
#1 - I-40 to Amarillo, I-27 to US 60 & US 70 to Las Cruces, NM (via Clovis, Roswell, & Alamogordo. I-10 & I-8 to Yuma & CA 86 to I-10 & I-15 into LA area. This looks to be about 1750 miles...compared to the original 1635.
#2 - I-40 to Santa Rosa, NM; US 54 to Alamogordo; US 70 to Las Cruces, NM; and I-10 / I-8 / CA 86 / I-10 / I-15 to Orange County, CA - I haven't checked mileage yet.
#3 - I-40 to Albuquerque; I-25 to Hatch, NM; NM-26 to Deming (bypassing Las Cruces) & I-10; I-10 / I-8 / CA 86 / I-10 / I-15 into Orange County - still checking mileage.
Does anyone have recent experience with any of these routes angleing across New Mexico. I don't think they are predicting cold enough temps for ice or snow on I-10, just rain. And the I-40 thru AZ has temps reaching the upper 40'sF each day, but snow in the forecast from Fri-Mon, with Friday having a 70% chance of snow & Sat, Sun, & Mon showing 40% chance of snow SHOWERS.
I read where Ice is a problem on I-40, but how quickly do they remove the snow in the higher elevations? Any suggestions?