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Old 01-04-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
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Need help avoiding the snow

Heading north ( silly I know).... wondering about interstate 81 from Wytheville Va area north to wards Harrisburgh. I have never driven this highway beyond I 77 and it seems to be the only route to avoid big snow. We are leaving today and will be at the Wytheville area tomorrow morning. Anyone have experience with I 81? are the hills bigger then 77 19 79 route? weather issues? we are headed to the Buffalo border. Detroit Mi and Erie Pa are getting walloped with snow so those routes are out.

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Old 01-04-2014, 05:32 AM   #2
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I can't help you on the route but I can offer this site for snow predictions.
.:: John Dee.com ::. Snow Central. Look at graphic forecast. Good luck.

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Old 01-04-2014, 05:55 AM   #3
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I would stay put till the middle of next week at least, we are 90 miles south of Buffalo, NY and Tuesday night here.....-15 ......high on Wednesday.......-2!
The road conditions might just be the least of your problems........Stay south for a bit longer.......
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for that snow link. In regards to staying put, I would love to except for commitments back home ( in case of emergency I would cancel) ... I am hoping to reach home late Sunday night before the big chill arrives...... Erie pa is getting 1 to 3 inches during the day Sunday and then lake effect in the evening..... this is my preferred route but I don't want to get stranded between Erie and Buffalo. Roanoke through Buffalo looks OK through Sunday night..... fingers crossed but of course this means taking an unfamiliar route....... I'm tossing a coin in my head right now because I would love to go through Erie..... we r currently in Tampa area... bit of a gamble...... I can handle a bit of snow but not a blizzard..... would love to be retired......
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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81 is less hills..still some but better than 77 19 79 good luck
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:15 AM   #6
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Hi georgetown350,
Route 81, this time of year is luck if you miss the snow. I've traveled this road 100+ times over the decades. It just depends on how you and mother nature meet up. The big up and down to be very careful of is in the Blacksburg, VA area. Just north you'll be going down Christiansburg mountain. There are several other "hills" you'll be climbing or descending. Radford, VA, south of Christiansburg has an interesting down cross a bridge and then up. Just north of Roanoke, VA the Troutville exit is both down first then up. The little stretch in West VA and the cross over into Maryland can be tricky of there is snow or ice.

Take a laid back approach. If it is clear, count your blessings and go for it. If it is not clear weather, slow and steady will win the race.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. might trie that route next time... I ended up taking the 77 79 route and got lucky with the weather.....

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