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Old 11-02-2013, 11:13 AM
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My husband and I will be moving from the bay area back to Minneapolis over the Thanksgiving holiday. When we made the move in reverse a few years ago, we drove through Colorado. This was in the summer, though, so we didn't have to deal with snow on the Rockies. I'd rather not have to dip down into the Southwestern states, since we are experienced snow drivers, just a few years out of practice.

It looks like we have three options: Taking I-80 to Des Moines, then a straight shot north; cutting up to I-90 at Rawlings and going through South Dakota; or going the northernmost route and missing Wyoming altogether - braving Montana and North Dakota.

Does anyone have any advise on how these roads/the weather will be during this time of year? We won't have a U-Haul or anything, just our car and cats. We can also take as much time as we need, we're not on a strict schedule.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:43 PM
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If you havent made this move already. TAKE 90. I'm an OTR truck driver based out of Spokane,WA so i have experience on both routes.

The routing i'd reccommend from the bay area is
80 East
15 North
90 East
94 East

80 is volatile and things often times will not freeze well causing slippery unstable ice. 80 in Wyoming has extreme winds and heavy snow which won't be a huge issue for you in a car, but they will often shut down the interstate.

up on 90 things will drop down to 0 or colder and stay there creating nice tacky ice much better to drive on. Also MT and Idaho are great at making sure their interstates stay clear of snow and ice to the extent any man can.

Also i'd reccommend you have a weeks worth of food and water with you as well as equipment to melt down snow and water filters. Dehydration can be a major issue in extreme cold as well as extreme heat. I would also reccommend clothing/bedding in which you can comftorably stay in down to -60 without any external heat sources. This is probably all a little overkill, but as an OTR flatbed truck driver i've been caught in Tornados in Kansas,Ice storms in the East,Blizzards in the North and everything in between everywhere in the lower 48.

Good luck to you.
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