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jsthiel

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We plan on heading out Tuesday morning, on I80 anything I should watch out for?

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Just keep a look out for the weather. It has been a slow snow year for us here, we are about 30% of normal. Just had a storm come through last night and there were chain requirements from just above Reno to Nyack on I-80, but everything is fine right now. Otherwise smooth sailing as long as a storm doesn't come through on your travel day.


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jsthiel wrote:

We plan on heading out Tuesday morning, on I80 anything I should watch out for?


Can you tell us exactly what you are driving... (Are you a truck pulling a trailer?) If you are concerned about road conditions and the weather, that's one issue.

If you are concerned about elevation and grade, please tell how much truck you have and what you are pulling with it.

Some Wal-Marts do not allow overnite parking ...are you looking for advice for overnight stays? Would you consider stopping overnight at a Casino?

I do not know the route from Salt Lake City West to I-5 in California...I've never driven it. I'm expecting you'll get great info from others who have if you tell them exactly what you want to know.


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I-80 west of Salt Lake City is an excellent highway. Grades are fairly easy. Highway from Reno west over Donner Pass is the steepest but should be no problem unless it's snowing and chains are required. Have a good trip.


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Lots of wind west of SLC. As others have said check the weather before you head out of Reno, it can be really ugly. Try to go through Sacramento outside of high traffic times, it's really busy.

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I'm trying to help this couple...and I'm asking for actual weather/road info.

... at the moment this family is in Nebraska for the night (near the middle of the state but just 30 miles from the SD border).

She called me today to say that the check engine light came on the truck so they are safe for the night, hoping to get a diagnostic on it Tuesday morning. (and I don't know what kind of truck nor do I know what kind of trailer they are pulling). They want to head to Casper Wy and then to Salt Lake City from there...and then to Northern California.

From my chair... looking at the radar and weather forecasts... 20mpn winds with possible 40 mph wind gusts are expected to hit Casper WY by Tuesday night.
They'd have to leave early Tuesday to do the 400 miles by Tuesday night.

Then even higher gusts are expected for Wednesday. If I read it right... up to 60mph gusts around Casper WY for Wednesday. Not a day to be on the road pulling a TT of any kind.

But after Wednesday, things settle down and it would be better driving weather for Thursday.

Am I reading this right??

They don't have internet on the road. This is a new-to-them trailer. This isn't a vacation trip. They need to get to Northern California soon but can hang out a day or 2 or 3, if need be to wait for better weather.

She's going to call me in the morning to say if they need to stay put in Nebraska for repairs. I'm leaning toward telling them to stay put until Thursday (repairs or not) and then head west. If they could do the 400 miles on Thursday in one day... That would put them into Casper on Thursday night.

If they can leave early on Friday morning and do another 400 miles, that would put them into Salt Lake City Friday night.

I'm seeing a chance of light snow in places between Casper and Salt Lake City but nothing major ...but I've never driven that route....and I'm in Oregon trying to be their eyes in the sky. Anything you'd give them a heads up about?

(I know going west from SLC to Reno and onto Sacramento has passes. I'll deal with that road/weather- info gathering once they get the truck fixed, on the road and actually have an ETA to reach SLC.)They have a reason to go to Casper, Wy. After Casper, they just need to get to Northern California safely.

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I would agree that Friday would be the best travel day to Salt Lake City. The next few days look good all the way into Sacramento. Leaving Casper, they should take highways 220 and 287 to Rawlins. From Rawlins, take I-80 to I-84 in Utah. I-84 goes through Weber Canyon towards Ogden, UT and is a lot less steep than I-80 into Salt Lake City. Coming out of Weber Canyon, take US Highway 89 south to Salt Lake City and then I-80 again to Sacramento.

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retired in utah wrote:

I would agree that Friday would be the best travel day to Salt Lake City. The next few days look good all the way into Sacramento. Leaving Casper, they should take highways 220 and 287 to Rawlins. From Rawlins, take I-80 to I-84 in Utah. I-84 goes through Weber Canyon towards Ogden, UT and is a lot less steep than I-80 into Salt Lake City. Coming out of Weber Canyon, take US Highway 89 south to Salt Lake City and then I-80 again to Sacramento.


THANK YOU!! I will relay that information to them tomorrow morning. They are waiting in Nebraska for the high winds to die down. I was monitoring the sensor readings around Casper and one gust (at St. Joseph) was clocked at 58mph with an average wind at 38 mph. Tomorrow (Wednesday) will have higher average winds and higher wind gusts.

Today some parts of I80 (Eastbound) was closed. A section from Rawlins to Walcott Junction was one. Westbound had numerous advisories about "no light trailers".

They will be on the road Thursday morning headed to Casper, WY.
We Appreciate the advice given and welcome info from those who know this route.

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Thank you Kathy for continuing to post while were on the road, our proposed route was/is Casper to Rawlings, and I80. I'll check on the detour to i84 and back to i80 (thanks for the advice!) but were NOT planning to go through Sacramento. Were planning on hopping on 20 in CA near Cisco and heading through Yuba City toward the coast. Anyone else taken this route? Would it be better to take the long way around on the freeways through Sacramento and up 5 to 20?

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