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RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

Yes, the road cam at the Oregeon Siskiyous chainup area is a truck parking lot. In Washington, a lot of the lower eastern passes are snowy, and US97/Blewett Summit is closed with stuck trucks and snow clearing operations. For the same period, Minnesota got up to 10 inches, with some 600 crashes or spinouts. Reminds me of one post-Thanksgiving years ago, when I skated across Wisconsin, when returning to Chicago from Mpls. The car was a simple SUV, Trooper II, with lots of tread on the tires. But for the icy conditions it was more a matter of driving slow and steady with a gentle touch on the gas (and even more so on the brakes).
paulj 11/27/19 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

https://www.khq.com/news/all-lanes-of-i--reopen-following-crashes-involving-/article_e58af494-109b-11ea-bb0b-4fb491ab8579.html Multiple spin outs and crashes on I90 just west of Spokane this afternoon (50-100 vehicles). It's blamed on sudden snow (not deep) producing slick conditions. More than half an inch of snow fell within 25 minutes, causing very slick conditions Tuesday in parts of Spokane, the National Weather Service office in Spokane said. More on that band of snow that caused the Spokane bedlam. https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-spokane-megacar-crash-up-snow-and.html He warns of a potentially similar situation Sunday in the Portland area.
paulj 11/26/19 09:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

Wow, just heard thunder and hail; a couple of weeks ago there was a brief but intense storm on the convergence zone along the King/Snohomish county line. Thunder is rare in Seattle, but twice in November? Topography has a big effect on weather, especially precipitation, around Seattle. Not just how high you are, but whether there are mountains up or down wind from you.
paulj 11/25/19 10:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

While previous forecasts had a chance of rain/snow midweek, the current one looks clearer. Cool but no precip until Sunday. Puget Sound snow needs the right mix of cold and moisture. Without the moisture it will just be cold. With the moisture it could be either, depending how just where and high the freezing line is. I just got back from a short bike ride in a chance of showers. I misread the movement of the dark clouds.
paulj 11/25/19 04:38pm Roads and Routes
Major storm predicted for OR/CA border area

High winds through out the area, heavy rain on the coast, snow in the mountains (such as the I5 pass) - Tues and Wed Nov 26-27 https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/11/a-bomb-cyclone-will-hit-southern-oregon.html An even stronger storm is expected to develop over the eastern Pacific and reach the West Coast by Tuesday night. This low pressure system will likely undergo bombogenesis (pressure drop of at least 24mb in 24 hours) from Monday night to Tuesday night, at which point it could become a 980 mb low with hurricane force winds offshore! It should reach land near the California/Oregon border early Tuesday night and then begin to gradually weaken as it moves inland. The mountains of southern Oregon and northern California are likely to get hammered with blizzard conditions, and battering surf and high winds for coastal areas. Winter storm watches and warnings are already in effect for many of these areas, and the cold nature of the event will result in lower than usual snow levels. Pre-Thanksgiving travel in this region could be severely affected, and local forecast offices have additional information pertaining to this.
paulj 11/25/19 02:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

July is, I think, a little early for blackberries. Some of the native ones might be that early, but the invasive Himalayan Blackberry that dominates the lowlands is more of an August/September berry (these are the ones with major thorns). Salmon berry is earlier, as is salal. In the mountains I'd expect to find more huckleberry - higher bushes in the lowlands, scrubby ones near the treeline. From the WTA site: https://www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/summer-destinations/berry-picking-hikes https://wholeu.uw.edu/2017/06/28/a-quick-and-juicy-guide-to-berries-of-the-northwest/ https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fseprd500110
paulj 11/18/19 10:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

The Winthrop area is a mtn biking mecca - not bad for road bikes and fat/snow riding as well. On the phone, the MTB Project app is handy. There's also a hiking version. For hiking The Mountaineers (and others) have been putting out guide books for years. And the WTA site is also great. I think most of campgrounds around Winthrop are Forest Service, not BLM. Methow district https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=59073
paulj 11/16/19 12:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Yes, US2 from Monroe through can be congested, with commuter traffic along with the people heading into the mountains. Seems the most of traffic fatalities are result of someone cross the center line, a hazard on any 2 lane highway. I don't let that deter me. But in my experience WA20 from the freeway through Sedro-Woolley (about 7 miles) feels just as congested. Often I like to bypass that by leaving the freeway at Arlington, and taking 530 through Darrington. That stretch by itself is scenic and worth the drive. Or in the right vehicle, exit to Granite Falls and take the Mountain Loop Hwy to Darrington - with 15 miles of gravel forest service road! US2 Leavenworth to Wenatchee is also pretty busy, though about half is divided. WA20 is more remote. The 70 miles Marblemount to Mazama has no gas. Take one, and back on the other! https://www.cascadeloop.com/ http://winthropwashington.com/
paulj 11/13/19 10:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Alaska Marine Highway

Just read that due to state budget cuts the Marine Highway doesn't have enough money to repair all their boats. The immediate effect is reduced Winter sailings to small communities in the Panhandle.
paulj 11/02/19 10:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trans Labrador Highway

There are 1 or 2 Lab/NL threads per year on the Canada section. Next to none on 'routes'.
paulj 11/02/19 09:35am Roads and Routes
RE: BEST ROUTE WITH LEAST MOUNTAINS

Sounds like you are mainly worried about 'shelf-roads', climbing along a canyon, with a rock wall on one side, and drop off on the other. The east entrance, from Cody, is the main one to worry about (we won't touch the NE entrance). Coming from the north, I90, pretty well stays in a broad valley, US191, so should be easiest. Yellowstone is a mountain top, with a lake in the middle. So there's no way around altitude. But you can be selective about routes. Go to Google Maps and turn on the 'terrain mode'. Then zoom in on the more mountainous parts of the proposed route. Where the road seems to run close to a river or canyon, zoom in further with `streetview`. Or use the 3d sat view (or Google Earth) to scan the route. Within the park you might want to avoid the ridge route over Mt Washburn. US89 around the north entrance might also have some scary drop offs (e.g. the loop the drops down from Mammoth Hot Springs). Some spots that look bad on paper or the screen might not be any worse than a freeway overpass or on-ramp. Or a bridge over a major river.
paulj 10/21/19 04:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Search Along Route ??

On the browser, Google Maps has a `search this area` function.
paulj 10/19/19 11:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas to Washington State

Thanks Islandman! Do you recommend taking 5 from Bakersfield to Sacramento? From Port Townsend, I plan to take the ferry to Whidbey, which is my new home. Do you know anything about that ferry? When you first mentioned the coast we probably assumed you meant the outer coast. Whidbey is in the inner waters, with a different access route. There are 3 ways on to the island - the PT-Coupeville ferry from the west, Mukleteo-Clinton from the south and Deception Pass bridge from the north. The PT boat recommends reservations, since it is smaller and runs less frequently. But you don't need to rush to leave PT. https://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?schedrouteid=1861 The south ferry is busier, especially with commuter traffic. Access from the south via I405 and WA525 is straight forward, but daytime traffic can be heavy. WSDOT has good traffic information; Google Maps is also good at giving routes and times through Seattle. The north route is cheapest - no ferry cost - but also involves the Seattle traffic. For PT you could do US101 along the coast and around the top of the Olympics. That's lots of forest driving, with limited views of the ocean. Olympic Nat Park is also doing road work along the shores of Lake Crescent with some 4hr delays. https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-2017-19.htm I5 to Olympia and US101 north along the Hood Canal is a more direct route. That Hood Canal stretch is level, but somewhat curvy. You could also go up Kitsap Peninsula, either leaving 101 to 3 at Shelton, or taking the bridge from I5 in Tacoma. That has some urban freeway driving around Silverdale, but nothing like Seattle. US97 up the east side the Cascades, and WA20 over the North Cascades directly to the Island avoids all the urban freeway, but might be iffy in November. That pass usually closes due to snow sometime in November. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/highways-bridges/passes/north-cascades-highway/home
paulj 10/14/19 10:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas to Washington State

While the coastal route will avoid snow, it may still get hit with November storms - wind and rain. At least in Washington, November is the stormiest month. Landslides are more likely and can delay or force a reroute.
paulj 10/12/19 07:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: A foot of snow in Montana right now

As for the "National Weather Predictor", don't they always predict a warm winter? You have to suspect a certain political bias in their pronouncements. From today's short range forecast discussion: ...Much below average temperatures across the Northwest into the Northern/Central Plains, and much above average temperatures east of the Rockies/Northern Plains... Predicted temperatures in North Florida are 95 Friday - that's close to the record.
paulj 10/01/19 01:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: High Winds on I-80 in WY

You should have taken US2 across Montana and had an early Christmas.
paulj 10/01/19 01:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: A foot of snow in Montana right now

Alberta, especially the SW corner, is getting hit even harder. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/collisions-winter-snow-calgary-traffic-police-1.5301945 I read about this Arctic Express several days ago. https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/09/arctic-express-coming-to-northwest.html Single weather events like this are not predictors of the up coming season. Seasonal forecasts are always more tentative than the near term (the next week or so).
paulj 09/29/19 08:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Which route

Where are the tolls? short distances in either Kansas or Oklahoma? Those aren't exactly the scenic parts of the drive, are they? Mapping programs give the no-toll option because some people don't like to pay tolls, or worse, encounter unknown tolls. Toll roads aren't necessarily better or worse. In theory they might even be better, since they should have their own dedicated maintenance funding. But whether a road is toll or now is largely matter of history - many were created before the Interstate program started. It's one thing to avoid interstates in a state like Missouri, and quite another in New Mexico. Highway density is a lot higher in the Midwest, and a number of major ones are divided, even if they aren't part of the Interstate program. But if you really want to get off the beaten track I hear there are some lovely gravel roads in Kansas! People come from all around the world to race 200 miles on those roads in the Dirty Kanza (Emporia KS).
paulj 09/24/19 01:45am Roads and Routes
RE: I-94 through Chicago

Though I94 doesn't totally avoid tolls. North of Chicago you have to switch to US41 to avoid a section of the Tristate (after 94 jogs over to join 294). 41 is multilane with stop lights.
paulj 09/21/19 11:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Route from Astoria, OR to Wenatchee, WA

US12 should see quite a bit of recreational traffic. It's the SE entrance to Mt Rainier, with a state park and National Park campground just to the north on 123. The summit is a ski area, and Rim Rock lake on east side is surrounded by camping options.
paulj 09/20/19 10:21am Roads and Routes
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