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Old 11-03-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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What is the drive like from SLC to Vegas during winter (either November or December)? Any treacherous parts? Any advice?
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:52 PM
 
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Depends on the weather. If it's snowing, it can be brutal at times, may find the interstate closed for a while. May be 60 degrees and clear as a bell.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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I made that drive several times last winter, for the most part it was not bad. I did have one time where it was snowing between Cedar City and Fillmore at night, that was a little scary but nothing to bad. Just take it easy if it is snowing.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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Thank you! It's always good to know what one is getting into.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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Thank you! It's always good to know what one is getting into.
Keep an eye on weather underground right before you leave, they do an hour by hour forcast for the next day. You can put in each city along the route to get an idea about the best time to leave.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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The problem, is the the road has grooves, where trucks are, and if it rains a bit, those grooves have water, that is very easy to freeze when it gets chilly, the area from Fillmore to Cedar City is probably the worst. Don't do this drive at night if you can help it. That is when the black ice forms. I have seen cars be driving 70 MPH, because the road is fine, and looks dry, then go over that bridge right by Meadow, and start sliding, That is where the big car pile ups occur that I have seen. So, don't drive at night.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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What is the drive like from SLC to Vegas during winter (either November or December)? Any treacherous parts? Any advice?
well spanish fork is where it starts to get bad. Levan is not good in a snow storm. I sugest a 4-wheel drive and big nobie tires. Im from utah and drive in the snow all the time you will be come a pro at it in a few storms. I wish you luck. Watch the over passes they are slick. //pics3.city-data.com/forum/ima...ons/icon10.gif
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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What is the drive like from SLC to Vegas during winter (either November or December)? Any treacherous parts? Any advice?
Honestly, one of the worst drives I ever did was between Cedar City and Las Vegas in a snowstorm at night. Even the semi drivers gave up and pulled off the road. But I think if you did the drive during the day, and as long as it wasn't actively snowing, you'd be fine. The bad parts are right around Cedar City, between Levan and Nephi, and around Point Of The Mountain which is the area between Provo and Salt Lake. Those are areas that often have either a lot of snow, or snow combined with wind.

A helpful website is UDOT - Utah CommuterLink
It's the Utah Department of Transportation Website and they do a really good job of keeping the road conditions updated. Check that site before leaving.
November has less likelihood of snow than December. Most storms during the winter come and go in 24 hrs., so it's not like Nebraska where it just goes on and on and on. In Utah, if one day is bad, the next day usually isn't, and the storms often hit either the northern part of the state or the southern part, but rarely the whole state.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:11 AM
 
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Once you hit approximately mile-marker 30 or so on I-15, you should be in good shape, as you've dropped enough elevation to where there should be minimal to no snow or ice, especially compared to the area N of there. North of mile marker 30 there can be blizzard conditions with spin-outs, minimal visibility, etc.

But from approx. mm 30 South, your biggest concern would be to drive cautiously & keep lots of distance from other cars in the Virgin Gorge area.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:28 AM
 
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well spanish fork is where it starts to get bad. Levan is not good in a snow storm. I sugest a 4-wheel drive and big nobie tires. Im from utah and drive in the snow all the time you will be come a pro at it in a few storms. I wish you luck. Watch the over passes they are slick.
Thank you! We are from Iowa originally, so snow is no big deal, but add in an unfamiliar landscape and road, and well ... We just wanted to make sure.

Thanks again!
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