The final leg of my road trip will be from Las Vegas to San Francisco in mid-October.
I'm considering a 3-4 day trip going via Death Valley and Tioga Pass on around October 17-20th. I know that Tioga Pass hasn't closed that early in recent years, but I'm looking for advice as to what weather I can expect at that time and how likely is the trip to be impaired, even if the road is still technically open. I'll be in a rental car, so anything that requires snow chains will likely go against their policies.
My other alternative is to take the coastal route, and save the DV and Yosemite for a future trip when I can do it a little earlier in the year.