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Old 12-22-2009, 10:39 AM
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I am moving to VA from CA. Could any one suggest me the best route to travel in winter by car (toyota camry) from CA to VA . I am planning to moving back to VA in couple of days. I travelled in I 80 few months ago , I don't know the weather and road conditions in winter. Please suggest me or advise me the route, things to consider and also let me know whether I need Tire chains.

I appreciate your help and Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:49 PM
 
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I've never taken I-80 cross-country, but I have driven across I-40, albeit during the summer. I would absolutely take 40 over 80 during the winter. While there is the potential for snow in the Flagstaff area, it pales in comparison the chances if you drive through Wyoming and the Plains states.

Depending on where you are going in VA, you can either leave 40 near Knoxville, TN and take 81 up, or continue on 40 to Durham, NC and go up on 85. The latter spends less time in the mountains and is less likely to be hit by winter weather, but depending on where you are going in VA it may not be as direct.

I'm pretty sure you wouldn't need tire chains, at least not in VA or TN.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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Not meant for a plug for AAA but they have excellent info on road conditions
and suggestions for travelling during winter. If you are driving that far I would definately suggest you look into becoming a member. Good Luck!
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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Both can be good or both can be bad depending on the weather when you plan to leave....best bet is to watch the weather and see what the 5-7 day out look is going to be and plan your route based off of what areas of the country and predicting and bad weather
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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Default I-40

You will be directed to use I-81 east of Knoxville, TN as I-40 is closed because of a rock slide just east of the North Carolina state line. It is not expected to be open until sometime in March of next year.

There is another way besides I-81 and I-26 to get into western NC. You can take US 25 & 70 at Newport, TN and hit I-26 just a few miles north of Asheville, NC.

As already stated depending on where you are going in NC it could be better to use I-81, I-77, US 52 to connect with I-40 in Winston Salem, NC.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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I80 in the winter, forget about it. It can get treacherous. From Laramie to Cheyenne, WY it was closed around Christmas due to snow and ice.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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Default When are you leaving or you left already?

I'm making the same trip (San Jose, CA to Richmond, VA).
E-mail me (sawyerbill3@gmail.com) if you're interested in us going two cars together. I have a powerful 4-wheel drive, GPS, and internet on the road.
Bill.
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