Originally Posted by debrey
Heading cross country from California to Alabama this Christmas.
Has anyone had experience with the Flagstaff area in December?
I'm concerned about snow and how quick the snowplows come out on I 40.
I spent several years in Tucson Arizona and rode my motorcycle year round even made a few trips to New Mexico in the winter. They were cold rides and spur of the moment and a time I knew there wasn't snow predicted. But neither I nor any of my fair weather friends even thought about a winter ride to Flagstaff or Albuquerque, New Mexico.
You have more than Flagstaff to worry about traveling on I-40, New Mexico and Oklahoma aren't too friendly in snow storms either. I'd suggest you be flexible in making your plans and always have a back-up/alternate trip plan on I-10 through Tucson and the Southern route to and from Alabama. I-40 always had more snow than I-10.
Interstate 10 across the lower portion of the USA is lower in altitude and just enough further south to avoid some (but not all) of the severity from winter storms blowing in from the Pacific. I-10 will take you longer because you will travel farther south than you would on 1-40. It's another choice if your primary route on I-40 looks iffy.
You may not have as much snow on I-10 but you do have some fierce winds on I-10 going across the Continental Divide in New Mexico. I-10 across the Continental Divide is a true vision of a "High Plains Desert." There isn't anything for miles around to stop the wind.
If you have a smart phone get a Weather Channel app and look at the weather radar pictures when making the trip and know when to to stop or divert to another route. Don't put yourself in the position where you think you have to get there or have to get home at a certain time
. If you actually do then leave a day or two earlier.
Have a safe and wonderful Holiday.