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Old 04-03-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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Hi all, completed my military stent and headed back to South Carolina. Going to drive my little car home. How safe is 90 E for weather this time of year going through Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota,Wisconsin,Illinois? Not sure if I should take a more southern route home (it will take me an extra day). I appreciate your help!
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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........................... headed back to South Carolina. Going to drive my little car home. How safe is 90 E for weather this time of year going through Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota,Wisconsin,Illinois? ...........It all depends on what type of vehicle (AWD or front wheel drive etc) you're driving-----what type of tires you have-----your level of experience in "winter driving conditions"----etc. Right now and for the next 48 hours , you would have your "hands-full" taking that proposed route.Not sure if I should take a more southern route home (it will take me an extra day). I appreciate your help!
..................Unless you have a real important reason to get home very quickly........I would definitely take a more southerly route. Not only would you avoid potential severe winter storm (wind and snow) conditions (like what's occurring right now through at least Tuesday on that northern route)..., but IMHO better interstate (and secondary highway) choices. I have seen I-90; I-94; I-25; I-80; I-70; I-35 and I-29 ALL closed (DURING APRIL) due to winter storm conditions. It appears you are a young man that may possibly not have a lot of experience in driving cross country where you may QUITE possibly encounter some conditions that may not be the greatest for that "little car" you mentioned you'd be driving..

If it were me (just my opinion), I would go from Spokane to Salt Lake (via I90 & I15).....Salt Lake to To Flagstaff (via I-15 to Hwy #20(mile marker #95); to Hwy 89 to I 40.....Then east on I-40 to Memphis......and then you can pick any number of routes to your destination in S.C.......
I took that exact route 2 years ago this week coming back to Western MT from The Savannah area and would not change a thing. Good luck........Oh, I should mention that I have driven almost all of the major routes and highways in the area you have to travel through....been traveling that area (approx 35 states) since 1955...............
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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Honestly, it's hard to say. Today we woke to several inches of snow in the Missoula area, but by mid-afternoon we had sunshine.

Your best bet is to check the road report before you head out. You can find it at: Montana Traveler Information
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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At the top of the Montana Forum is the Weather alert thread. The very first post in it is the Webcams along the Highway. You'll have to scroll down some because I have 4 states all in that post. Scroll down to Montana and then select which ones you want to see.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Upper Midwest
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Just check weather.com! I'd type in the 10-day forecasts for all the major cities along your trip.
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