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  1. Default Worried - Den to Las Vegas on Friday

    Hi all... I am so glad I found this board. Here is the situation. My self, hubby and our 2 dd's are traveling from Denver to Las Vegas this Friday. We planned to leave Den at 5am. However the weather has been really crappy up in the mountains and right now roads are icy, snow packed and some areas have mandatory chain laws in effect.

    Here is my question... looking at the weather forecast we really donít expect snow coming down on Friday while we are driving... but it will still be cold and I donít know what to expect of the roads (will they be icy, snow packed still?!?)... Should we take the normal i-70 to 1-15 via the mountains which is about an 11 hour drive or should we do the southern route i-25 to i-40 through Albuquerque and parts of Arizona... this is a 14 hour drive?

    So itís a 3 hour difference, but I believe much safer. What would you do?? Why?

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    Default Actually: 13 and 17 hours

    Quote Originally Posted by Shell4624 View Post
    but it will still be cold and I donít know what to expect of the roads (will they be icy, snow packed still?!?)...
    Colorado Highway Department is one of the best in the country -- the roads will be clear (as long as it is not snowing) and there will be some slick spots, but it should be gorgeous!
    Should we take the normal i-70 to 1-15 via the mountains which is about an 11 hour drive or should we do the southern route i-25 to i-40 through Albuquerque and parts of Arizona... this is a 14 hour drive?
    Unless you have a police escort, you will never be able to drive from Denver to Las Vegas in 11 hours.... Unless you never stop for fuel, bathroom breaks or food. If you were to drive at or slightly above the speed limit you could probably reach Las Vegas in 13.5 hours using I-70 and I-15. If you go the long way around -- you would need to be on the road at least 17 hours and probably much longer. Without question, the route through the rockies is much safer, faster and would be my #1 choice. Here are a few things to look at once you reach Utah on I-70.

    Mark

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    Mark thank you so much for sharing...you have really helped me see things more clearly.

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    Default Have a look for yourself

    The Colorado DOT has many webcams aimed at I-70, from Denver all the way to Utah. The cameras are particularly numerous between DEN and Vail Pass, after which the elevations drop off considerably.

    I would bet good money Mark's right about the "Pros from Dover" in CO having the most recent snow all cleared quickly, and a few minutes on the Web at the Colorado DOT website tomorrow afternoon will likely prove that out.

    Oh, and Utah has webcams on I-70, too. They call their system Utah Commuterlink, and it can be Googled as simply as the CODOT's can.

    I think you're going to be fine.

    Foy

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    Anyone care to chime in with an update? I'm pretty worried now, we are hearing that a big storm is coming our way and not only includes the mountain areas, but area's along the southern route.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Default POR is a Great Race, But...

    There is a great, classic road rally in Michigan each year called the Press on Regardless. While that's a wonderful name for the race, in both its incarnations as both a stage rally and a TSD event, it's a terribly unsafe attitude for a RoadTrip. I just checked the Weather Channel and they're predicting about a foot of snowfall in a broad reach of the Rockies between Denver and the Utah state line. There will also be significant accumulation all along the Front Range (I-25) and even as far south as Albuquerque. This is one time when your plans have to yield to reality. There is simply no way that you can safely drive and make it to Las Vegas by Friday night. Repeat that over and over to yourself and your husband until you feel it in your bones. Then start making alternate plans. You can either stay at home on Friday and let the Colorado road crews do their work, and then head out on Saturday morning on I-70/I-15. Or alternatively, if it hasn't started snowing in Denver as of Friday morning, you can start out going south on I-25 and then west on I-40 with the intention of only traveling as far as is reasonably safe. Once you hit snow, pull up for the night and again let the road crews do there work overnight and then start out again the next morning when the sun is up and the temperatures are above freezing. Just to be sure, repeat again: There is simply no way that you can safely drive and make it to Las Vegas by Friday night.

    AZBuck

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    I was planning to take off for New Mexico from Denver on Friday morning. After looking at the weather report today it was obvious that postponing until Saturday would be much wiser.

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    Postpone, or if you absolutely must be in Vegas Friday night, check flights.

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    Iíve been looking at a few National Weather Service forecasts, and it looks like there will be some pretty bad weather along I-25 Thursday night through Friday.

    I just pulled this off the NWS Ė Pueblo, CO website.


    In New Mexico, snow and high winds are forecast from the Colorado state line all the way down the east side of the mountains to Glorieta Pass (near Santa Fe). Iím afraid I-25 wonít be a good alternate route.

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