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Old 09-05-2009, 08:42 AM
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We are looking to advise a family member on the safest way to drive during February from Rochester, NY, to Charlotte, NC.

Google shows 2 routes:

Rochester, I-390 - Route 15 - Harrisburg - to 81 - to 77 - to Charlotte

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Rochester, 90W - I-79 Pittsburgh - I-77 - to Charlotte

Our main concern for them is traveling in winter through the mountain areas if going through West Virginia or through Virginia.

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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I don't see a problem with either route; your family member will pretty much be "in the hills" from PA on down, but I don't think they'll have any more challenges with winter weather than they'd have back in Rochester. Just use your normal common sense and have a good trip!

One of my favorite travel stops is the Tamarack Service Plaza on the WV Turnpike (I-77) at Beckley, WV. The "Best of West Virginia" exhibition hall is right above the service plaza and food is provided by the Greenbrier Hotel. IMHO, there's a better selection than the food court down below and the prices are no higher than the fast food in the food court.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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Both should be fine - weve done both in winter and didnt have any problems once on the highway - take any detours to local roads and you could face some more difficult conditions.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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Personally, I recommend I-81 to I-77. We drove 77 to 79 on a trip to Niagara Falls, and I thought that route was a bit more mountainous. I made my DH drive most of WV.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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If you want the less chance of snow or bad weather in Virginia, then take the I95 to I85 route. But its going to be a much longer trip (but no mountains to deal with). I81 would be quicker, but the chance of hitting bad weather is extremely higher. Usually for bad weather to hit I95/I85 it has to come thru GA first (or parts of southern TN). But most storms come thru WV.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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Good point, NeilVA. IMHO, I'd rather deal with mountains than Baltimore's & NoVA's traffic ANY day. But that's just me...
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