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Old 03-12-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I-70 has reopened. Use I-15 to I-70.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Great...thanks! The Utah stretch was horrid...lots of snow which was not predicted and lots of slow traffic and accidents.....the rest was fine. More snow through the Vail area, but it was nothing compared to Utah and other than being a little slow was fine. Since snow is predicted for this weekend when we drive home, I think we will be heading back on I25, I40 then I10....do we pass through any tricky mountain areas that might get snow that we should make sure we hit during the day and not into the night???
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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Great...thanks! The Utah stretch was horrid...lots of snow which was not predicted and lots of slow traffic and accidents.....the rest was fine. More snow through the Vail area, but it was nothing compared to Utah and other than being a little slow was fine. Since snow is predicted for this weekend when we drive home, I think we will be heading back on I25, I40 then I10....do we pass through any tricky mountain areas that might get snow that we should make sure we hit during the day and not into the night???
Raton Pass, on I-25 at the CO / NM border. Check the weather for Trinidad, the last town in COLO on your way south, whatever that weather is, that's the weather for Raton Pass.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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Wink Certain aspects

The Palmer Divide area on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs is prone to snow. Unless you are in the midst of a storm the remainder of I-25 should be okay, with the exception of the pass on the border of Colorado and New Mexico. In bad conditions it is sometimes closed, otherwise usually not a concern. There are lodging options on either side of it, in Trinidad, CO, and Raton, NM on the far side.

If by Albuquerque, NM and the weather still doubtful, you might best continue south on I-25 to Las Cruces, NM, thence west on I-10/I-8. Sections of I-40 between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, AZ can get nasty at times if in a storm. In such conditions Flagstaff is likely to have a good deal of snow as well, but it is more sheltered, the real difficulties being on the plains east of it. And then not far from Flagstaff, shortly west of Williams, AZ, all changes as one drops significantly in elevation.

As you surely appreciate now, long portions of I-70/I-15 can prove no picnic in inclement weather. But otherwise the preferable route, and conditions this time of year can change fast. What was rather nasty in Utah might be but memory now. Maybe not. A resource such as UDOT might help in such a determination:
UDOT - Utah CommuterLink
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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I've gone from Grand Junction to San Bernardino, CA at least twice or more every single year since I was 12 years old. Last year I drove down 5 times. I'll be heading that way at the end of the month also.

Trust me when I say, regardless of weather conditions, I-70/I-15 is always the better route. ALWAYS.

This time of year, I'd suggest timing it out so you can hit most of Utah during the day (assuming you're from CA, you probably won't mind the mild heat if the weather is clear), and hit Nevada in the late evening.

Even if it's snowing, you'll find that there is enough traffic through there that the road will only be wet during the day and won't get icy until late at night, especially this late in March.

Hope that helps.
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