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Old 12-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Good site to bookmark. Especially if you are traveling during the late fall/winter/early spring when snow and ice can close roads overnight.

National Traffic and Road Closure Information will give you links to all the state websites for road conditions. A good resource to have when we are traveling or planning a trip. Some website will even show live webshot of various locations. For example NM shows a live webcam shot (pic refreshes every 10 seconds) of the Continental Divide @ I-40 that shows snow on the ground. A nice thing to know IF I were going in that direction.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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THis woulda been handy last winter - going to work I drove west 20 miles in 45 minutes on a 2 lane highway in a snowstorm, just to find the 4 lane freeway heading south was closed. geez ... 45 minute schlep back.
I'm sure I'll try it when that happens this year - and it happens every time it snows here.

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:11 PM   #3
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I'm currently using it to watch the road conditions on US380 (currently "snow packed and icy"). We WERE due to leave here tomorrow. That's not going to happen. Now it looks like Wed or Thursday before we can leave due to all the snow... which we "rarely" get.

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Only happens once a year here - it's one of our 4 annual 'precipitation events'
And the same snow removal policy as there it sounds like - 'close the road and wait for it to melt' - probably find it in the CalTrans manual somewhere.
Movin' is my only 'immediate gratification' thing - when I want to go I want to go now!
A snowstorm stopping me would definitely have me chompin' at the bit ...
Sound like it does you too ..
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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Unpredictable weather and fast moving winter storms are things we have kept in mind while planning the conversion. We have been "chased" more than once by severe winter storms. We are from an area in the Southern Appalachian Mountains that tends to get some really nasty winter ice storms. Snow isn't that big of a deal unless you are in higher elevations.

A several years ago, we "discovered" the Cherohala Skyway. It is simply beautiful especially in late summer when the lower elevations are still hot. It's great for leaf peeping because it changes much sooner than lower down. We discovered that you can park overnight on the overlooks. One winter we were have a rather belated anniversary holiday in Fontana Village (It was a week before Christmas... our 25th wedding anniversary was the previous February) . We heard that it had snowed overnight up on the Cherohala. So we ran up there in the 4WD jeep. Over a foot of snow and only one other set of tracks. It wasn't supposed to of snowed either. That area of NC rarely gets snow before the middle of January. Ice storms, of course. I can count how many "white Christmases" we have had on one hand and have fingers left over! That was when David & I started discussing and planning for potential "emergency weather" parking lot stays. We have watched the weather channel and news a lot when it came to stranded motorists due to snow/ice storms. We have decided we need to be able to sit in a parking lot up to 3 days/night. That means enough water, waste tank holding AND be able to heat us and the tanks without running out of fuel. And we need power so that we can watch TV and check on weather/road conditions. While we do not plan on being in snowy/ice prone areas, there are times when we can get caught, especially at higher elevations while traveling. Mostly late fall, early spring.

http://www.cherohala.org they have a nice and very popular campground in the middle of the Skyway. It's seasonal. but you can pull off and park overnight on the overlooks.
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Re: Road Conditions

Mom and I rode our motorcycles through the Skyway on our way back from Deal's Gap a couple of years ago. I found it was much more relaxing, and thus enjoyable, than the "Dragon's Tale". Beautiful roadway! Good to know it's also skoolie friendly.

Thanks for your detailed reports, Lorna. I love reading your stuff.
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