PHX to MSP
I am leaving phoenix on March 1st and need to be back in Minneapolis by March 4th. I am wondering on the best route to take, 87 or the southern route. i do not want to risk getting caught in any severe winter storms, and also need to stay on time line. Thank you
asking the impossible
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There is absolutely no way anyone can possibly know what the weather will be a month from now, and there is no way to know which routes will have good weather, and which could be seeing storms during your time of travel. Southern routes are no guarentee of good weather (even I-10 does see snow and ice storms), and even if it were, you still have to drive north to get to Minneapolis.
The good news is that as long as you are taking a generally direct route, and not adding hundreds of miles hoping to see better weather, you could make this trip in 3 long days. As long as you are leaving early on the 1st, and don't have to arrive until late on the 4th, that gives you about an extra day to work with in case you do see poor travel conditions, and need extra time for conditions to improve.
The "best" route is usually the shortest, which is I-17/I-40/I-35. If the conditions are bad in Flagstaff, you can take I-10 to Deming NM, then NM-26 to Hatch to pick up I-25 to ABQ to get to I-40. This adds 100 miles.