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Well, we are driving east for Christmas after all (trying to see my Grandmother one last time and meet the new niece - very bittersweet!).  We don't usually travel at Christmas for weather reasons.  So of course this year we are getting dumped on royally (we expect about 15" of snow here in Madison by tomorrow night, but we think the roads will get cleared before we leave Friday afternoon).

We think we can make Columbus, OH, on Friday night.  We are avoiding I-80/I-76 because we think we'll have significant lake effect snow and crappy road conditions to deal with on Friday afternoon.

For anyone living between Columbus and Baltimore, how bad are you expecting the roads to be on Saturday?  I think once we get into MD we'll be fine, but it's the getting through WV that bothers me more.

For all the years the weather has to be this bad right before Christmas, it has to be this one. :(

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MD will be fine.  We have no temperature forecasts below 40 degrees for the 10 day in Baltimore and no real precip either I think.

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I'm about an hour north of Columbus, right on I-71... forecast is for 25-30mph winds and rain turning to snow overnight on Friday/Saturday...the temperature will be the real deciding factor, supposed to hover right around freezing. Just be aware and go slow, watch the bridges/overpasses - shouldn't be too bad.
Only warning I would have for you is that we haven't really had any snow yet this year (outside of the Cleveland snow belt area) so locals will be driving like idiots... many seem to forget how to drive on snow over the summer.  :O
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Jim - thanks, I had a feeling that would be the case.  I still can't believe that I'm trading my guaranteed-White-Christmas for green and/or rain (ah, the Christmases of my misspent youth)  :;):   But, my grandma is worth it.

SCKuhn -Thanks!  The same happens here in WI as well, this is our first big snow as well (several weeks late as far as I'm concerned).  I'm actually half-hoping for that snow day tomorrow so that I don't have to run the carpool in the afternoon!


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here in Indy, there's supposed to be a transition from rain to ice/snow sometime during the course of the day on Thursday.  Assuming you'd come down from Chicago via I-69 or Peoria via I-74 to avoid the I-80 corridor, you're likely to encounter that transition zone somewhere along your drive on Thursday.  so far, there's not much accumulation predicted because it's going to start off Thursday in the 50's and the ground will be too warm for anything to stay put.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClic....C%20USA


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I70 Pa. and I68 Wv. are forcasting 6" to 10" of snow with high winds from late tonight (thur) to Saturday afternoon. From the laurel highlands to chestnut ridge area in Garret county Md.I think all the major highways even Pa turnpike go through that stretch of mnts. Small area but gets some nasty weather. Try and get some weather reports as you cross Ohio.
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FWIW if it were me I'd head straight south and do an end-around. The road conditions in that storm are crazy looking.

Unless the various state department of transportation websites give it clear sailing indication.
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FWIW if it were me I'd head straight south and do an end-around. The road conditions in that storm are crazy looking.

Unless the various state department of transportation websites give it clear sailing indication.

biggest impact from the storm down here in Indy has been the wind.  it's really starting to pick up.  they're talking about 60mph winds overnight.  only 1-3" of snow forecast overnight, but with those winds, it will make for some nasty conditions tomorrow.

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Nothing to add from southern Cal -- except wishing you and your family a safe drive and a joyous Christmas get together!

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60 mph? Yikes, and also with that wind the drifting snow will get piled up for sure: scrape off a couple square miles and pile it all up on a highway cut and you get some serious depth.

OTOH there's a tremendous aquarium in Atlanta....

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/explore-the-aquarium/
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60 mph? Yikes, and also with that wind the drifting snow will get piled up for sure: scrape off a couple square miles and pile it all up on a highway cut and you get some serious depth.

OTOH there's a tremendous aquarium in Atlanta....

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/explore-the-aquarium/

not too many highway cuts along I-70 before you get to PA.

and especially not before Columbus, OH.  what you do have is a lot of open country between Indy and Columbus.


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Well fences, overpasses and that sort of thing are also drift generators. Snow doesn't need much of an excuse to drift into huge piles.
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Just a dusting here, north of Pittsburgh. An inch or so called for today and several inches tonight. A little more forcast down by the Pa. Wv. border. Doesn't sound too bad unless you happen to be driving in a squall and the plows haven't gotten to it yet.
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Update from central Ohio....
Ice on ground under about 2" of snow and currently snowing... winds gusting to 50mph. Scattered power outages due to winds.
Most highways are clear in the right lane, but left lane is snow/slush covered.
Blasted school were open today with NO delay and probably 1/4 of the high school kids ended up in a ditch on their way to school! :angry:
'Black ice' is the concern here - wind polished roadways!
Just be careful and watch out for the other crazy drivers!
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