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Old 12-13-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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We will be traveling this Christmas from NC to MI for the first time during winter.

We are familiar with the I-80 Turnpike area as weather goes, BUT what can we expect along I-77 between the NC border and I-80 in Ohio?

Specifically from VA to Marietta Ohio?

Guessing there is snow possibilities from Marietta Ohio north.

THANKS
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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We will be traveling this Christmas from NC to MI for the first time during winter.

We are familiar with the I-80 Turnpike area as weather goes, BUT what can we expect along I-77 between the NC border and I-80 in Ohio?

Specifically from VA to Marietta Ohio?

Guessing there is snow possibilities from Marietta Ohio north.

THANKS

Outside of Wytheville, Beckley & Charleston, very little in the way of restaurants, hotels, etc. I would recommend filling up your gas tank in Wytheville as it is generally $.20-$.25 cheaper/gallon there than anywhere in West Virginia which has a much higher state gas tax.

Also, consider exiting I-77 at exit 138/US-33 near Ripley, WV. You'll see signs for Columbus, OH. Take that all the way to Columbus, catch US-23 there, and ride that to I-75 (unless you are going to hit Cbus right at a rush hour). Will save you the cost of the tolls and very little difference in time. Another alternate you can consider is taking I-77 all the way to Canton, exit at US-30 west which is now a divided 4-lane highway all the way to Fort Wayne, and you can catch OH-15/US-23 near Upper Sandusky and hit I-75 that way again avoiding the tolls. Plus the US-30 route will have much less traffic than the turnpike.

As for the weather, there are some high elevations in Virginia and southern West Virginia that have some sharp curves and can be foggy at times. Just adhere to the speed limits and you'll be fine (of course slowing down if there is snow/ice). It is very scenic as well, so just make sure you are paying attention to the road as you can be easily distracted! From Charleston to Marietta, there are still some sharp turns, but far less traffic than before.

Safe travels!
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