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Old 02-14-2020, 04:37 PM   #1
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Any weather concerns along I40, CA to OK during March?

We are planning a return trip from southern CA to MS coast. We took I10 west and now hoping to do something different on the way back. We are thinking about I40 from Barstow, through Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo, OK City and down to I20.
I would like to hear from people who have experiences in these areas during March/April. I know it can get very cold but am more concerned about snow. Not looking for a fortune teller; just past experiences.
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As we all know you can't predict weather. We got stranded on I-40 just before Albuquerque one year the end of April. It's really no big deal; just sit tight until the road is cleared. Don't drive in it.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:48 PM   #3
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Going west we make the decision to go over the mountains at Kingman. If there is bad weather we wait it out there. If clear, we like to stop at Grand Canyon railroad RV resort.

Never had an issue planning on going i40 in the March/April time frame. Weather clears in a day or two if it does come in and the state is fast at clearing i40.

Total, we did this trip, California to Colorado (Grandkid graduations, and Christmas) for about 6 years.
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X3 that you could hit a winter weather snow in the higher elevations. But that time of year the road should clear quickly. Spring snow is usually wetter, so not as much issue with icy roads. Worse case stop for a day and wait to proceed. April much safer bet than earlier March.
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:16 AM   #5
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i'd plan on doing i-40 with the understanding that you pay attention to the weather. you can always reroute to i-10 if needed. i-40 goes higher than 7,000 feet in elevation. just enjoy!
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Not just snow. Keep an eye on the wind forecast also.
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What they all said, I was in New Mexico in mid March about 15 years ago and ran into snow coating the ground as far south as Carlsbad, and the Albuquerque TV stations were announcing closures of I-40 lasting over 24 hours, ending spending the night unexpectedly in Roswell due to the snow falling so hard, the next day it cleared up by mid morning, and I made it across to White Sands.
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Thank you everyone. Good advice. We are now planning to still travel the same I40 route but are building in extra days to allow for bad weather days.
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I would be more concerned about the condition of 40 than the weather, its by far the roughest interstate we have ever travelled.
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