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Old 07-07-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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Road Conditions while traveling in winter months

What experiences have you had traveling south in your RV DP from Kentucky through Memphis in weather conditions after Christmas and into January? Thinking of taking our first trip out of winter to Texas during this time and returning to NE Ohio in March. Probably taking I-71 through Bowling Green, I-65 through Nashville, I-40 into Hot Springs, I-30 into Dallas, and farther south. We anticipate the threat of snow/ice may dissipate once we get into Memphis. Maybe I am wrong. Looking for experiences anyone here has had during those months of the travel year. Thank you.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:37 AM   #2
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Build in a "snow day" or two into you schedule so you can stay off the road if weather is bad. Otherwise you should be fine
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Good advice from momdoc. We can have days of ice and snow here in north Texas and occasionally as far south as Austin.
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I would be prepared I live way down in Southeast Texas down by Corpus Christi roads still get icy especially the bridges and it does snow down here rarely. North Texas definitely gets icy, blowing winds freezing rain. All that being said winter down in South Texas pretty nice
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I had to drive in the worst weather no matter what. I'm retired now so I don't. If it is ice or snow wait for them to clear the roads.
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Thats the route I normally take when traveling from OH to AZ..

I like to get as far south as quickly as I can before turning west. Its usually down thru Memphis, then its either I-40 west thru Amarillo, or continue south thru Dallas then to I-20 to I-10.

I-40 can get dicey when you enter into the New Mexico
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Thats the route I normally take when traveling from OH to AZ..

I like to get as far south as quickly as I can before turning west.

Me too. You can take I-40 from Memphis, then I-30 to Dallas. Then I-35 if heading south through San Antonio. However, I you are ok with adding only two hours (120 miles) to your drive, why not take I-55 from Memphis all the way to I-10 in Louisiana, then to San Antonio? That route, according to Google Maps, is only 120 miles more (847 vs 727 miles).
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It is hard to predict things, especially the future.
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I head SOUTH to I-10 and then West to beat the bad weather and cold temps. It takes a little longer but I'm retired. Since in Central IL I head out on I 55 and run to Memphis for O/N then down to So. LA before heading West. Thinking of going on out to AZ this winter and January weather is bad Memphis thru AR and Dallas area. Good and bad days.

I usually plan out at least 2 different ways to go and take the shortest weather permitting.

Hope this helps in your planning - Richard
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I drive from NJ to FL on Christmas night every year.

1. Check the 10 day weather forecast for a number of cities along your route, not just your destination. Do this in the week before you leave to see weather patterns and if the weather is looking to get better or worse.

2. Find a clear weather window and drive, drive, drive. Winter travel is no time to stop and smell the roses.

3. Keep an eye on your outside temperature gauge. Over 40 degrees is good. Once it drops below 40 and you get rain, there's a chance for black ice and frozen overpasses.

4. Have your fuel and water tanks full in case you do need to wait out some weather.

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What momdoc said X3! When we would spend the winter in the RGV I took I 70 to ST. Louis, I44 to 35W. I included 3 extra travel days JIC we encountered bad weather. If no bad weather was encountered, we spent those 3 extra days somewhere South of San Antonio.
I do not drive on slick roads!!! I remember one trip we spent a day and night in a rest area somewhere in NM; and some wonder why I always travel with a full fresh water tank.
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Me too. You can take I-40 from Memphis, then I-30 to Dallas. Then I-35 if heading south through San Antonio. However, I you are ok with adding only two hours (120 miles) to your drive, why not take I-55 from Memphis all the way to I-10 in Louisiana, then to San Antonio? That route, according to Google Maps, is only 120 miles more (847 vs 727 miles).
Once out of Memphis, we are planning to go toward Dallas and make stops at the four presidential libraries and museums as they are all enroute to San Antonio, then onward to Big Bend National Park. Any thoughts on this route in mid-January?
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Once out of Memphis, we are planning to go toward Dallas and make stops at the four presidential libraries and museums as they are all enroute to San Antonio, then onward to Big Bend National Park. Any thoughts on this route in mid-January?
All the roads through Texas are crap shoot in the Winter until you get way south. It can be 70+ degrees or it can be in the teens and icy. You will just have to monitor road conditions ahead of time and plan accordingly. Make reservations at BB as the area can be full of winter Texans.
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Once out of Memphis, we are planning to go toward Dallas and make stops at the four presidential libraries and museums as they are all enroute to San Antonio, then onward to Big Bend National Park. Any thoughts on this route in mid-January?

Can't help with the sight-seeing. Also, we turned West in San Antonio. As to road conditions, the average low for San Antonio is 39 in January with an average high of 62. By contrast, the average low in Dallas for Jan is 30. Much more susceptible to ice/snow on the roads. Once you get to the "Valley", you are home free. Jan avg low temp is 51, high of 71. The Valley is the area around McAllen, Edinburg, etc. There are only about 3,000 mobile home and RV parks in the Valley.
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