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Old 11-16-2012, 07:03 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by jdav87 View Post
my husband and i will be driving from savannah georgia back home to los angeles ca late next month...we probably will be taking highway 20 all the way to the 10 freeway once we are out of Birmingham. has anyone done this drive before? the states we will be driving through taking this route will be Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi,texas, new mexico and arizona. I have no idea how the weather is like during the winter in these states...we will be on a time limit so we will try and get there as soon as 2 days, 3 if necessary...if all goes smooth and there are no road obstacles. can anyone give me an insight of what to expect weather wise? someone who has travelled through these states during the winter? i kno the weather can be unpredictable and theres no telling now..i just want opinions. thanks...

Ok, here's the deal:

Snow is possible during that time frame from where you start until Tucson, AZ. Possible, but not likely in most places. However, ice is far more common along that whole route and that's a whole 'nuther issue and it's even possible to see heavy snow around Whitewater, CA, west of Palm Springs. It doesn't happen very often, but I have been caught up in road closures there.

Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas don't have many, if any, plows and salt trucks. If they get out at all, it will be only to salt the overpasses, which is pointless and useless. Most of the time, they're simply not coming so deal with it by laying up and letting the sun do it's work. It won't be long. I've never seen snow or ice on the roads there for more than 2 or 3 days, max. Most of the time, it melts off during the day and then re-freezes at night so take that into consideration when planning night time driving. Run off from melted snow or ice freezes black or clear and you'll never see it until you're on it. If you happen to run onto a patch of it and the rear end slips, just put the transmission into neutral or push in the clutch until you're off of it. Take away the torque from the rear end and slippage stops. Of course, you may still have steering problems! LOL

Your most likely places for snow, which actually affords better traction, is from about Toyah, TX, just before you enter the Davis Mountains, to the top of Texas Canyon, just west of Willcox, AZ.

I-10 won't afford you enough relief to justify the extra miles. It remains mostly snow and ice free, but only to about San Antonio. After that, the odds are about the same as I-20, but with fewer places to hide out.

1200 miles a day is do-able for a couple. I'm 63 years old and regularly drive 1000-1200 miles a day by myself, so it shouldn't be a problem for you. Just keep the driver's side door closed as much as possible and you can cover a lot of ground really quickly. The speed limit varies from 70-80 along I-20 and you can easily and confidently get away with 80-90. An average of 80 mph times 15 hours yields the desired results. And, you've still got 9 hours to fuel, grab a hamburger to go and sleep. No prob.

Most of the time, you won't have any problems at all and can just cruise along.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:32 AM
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Thank you Craigcreek. It's like you read my mind. Have everything ready by the 20th so come the 21st we just take off and hit the road.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:34 AM
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Thank you stillkit. For the important points you bring up.
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