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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Seattle moving to St George, UT

    Default Seattle to St George UT traveling in late November

    I need to know what kind of weather to expect and what is the best route to go in order to avoid bad weather, even if the route is longer as time is not an issue.

    will I need snow tires or chains based on "likely" bad weather?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    No one can realistically tell you what the weather will be like next week, much less at the end of next month, and there is no route that is going to be immune to the risk of bad weather.

    The best bet is to stick to the most direct interstate route, which is I-82/I-84/I-15. Its a trip that will take you 2 very full days, but I'd have at least 3 days available, in case you do have a storm that forces you to slow down or even stop.

    The next best option would be I-5 down to Bakersfield, across CA-58 and back up through Vegas, but that adds 300+ miles, so its nearly a full extra day of driving, and is no better bet to see good weather. Unless there is a major storm bearing down on Idaho or Northern Utah during the exact days of your travel and forecasts show perfect conditions through the mountains of Oregon and California, I'd stick to the route through Salt Lake.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Nowhere is immune.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    The weather is totally unpredictable this far in advance and there is no route or place for that matter, that is immune from seeing bad weather. Interstates are a priority to keep clear and traffic moving and if it were to become bad enough to need chains then you should simply find somewhere safe to pull off the road and wait for the storm to pass while road crews do their job. With that in mind I82/84/15 looks to be the quickest and would require an overnight stop.

    I think the most important thing to do is to leave yourself a little time spare incase you had to hold up for another night or a few hours and as time is not an issue, that's what you should do for safety reasons.

    [So pretty much what Michael said while I was still typing.]
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 10-02-2012 at 07:41 AM. Reason: Slow keyboard.

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