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December drive from Salt Lake City to Durham, NC

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What would be the best route to travel between Salt Lake to Durham, NC at the beginning of December while avoiding the northern I-80 route?

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How much time do you have for this trip? How far w south are you willing to go to avoid snow and ice?

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I-10 to I-20 to -I-85 is the safest to avoid snow but there can be snow and ice along that route too so you should just check the weather.

Likewise you can go I-40 straight across if the weather cooperates but there is a chance of snow all along there.

More chance of snow on I-80 and I-70.

Edited: December 01, 2022, 10:19 pm
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Agree with above post.

Check weather 3 days out from actual start date of trip and that should give you an idea of which route to take.

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To get to I 10, etc., you will have to travel south and east through Utah. You have said exactly when in the beginning of the December you want to make this drive. There is snow in the forecast for Monday, December 5.

Agree that you should check the weather two to three days in advance. Then pick your route. Plan on being flexible as you travel because you may have to wait out a storm, or change your route entirely due to weather and road conditions.

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Check the weather. It’s possible 80 is the way to go.

The different primary paths to get over the mountains are 80,70, US 50, US 260, US 64, and I-40

80 has bad weather, it’s also one of the easiest to do because it diesnt have high mountain climbs.

Once you get passed I-25 you are in flat plains area until you get to the Appalachia mountains .

The routes to get to are I-64 or I-40. If you go 64 when you enter Virginia there are multiple options of going 77 south to 40, going 64 to 95 to 85 ot going US highways in between those.

64 generalltpy follows a river valley thru West Virginia. 40 has a high mountain pass over the NC/TN line. These areas also need to be looked at fir weather because the Appalachia mounts from east Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, eas5 tenn, snd west nc can and do get snow/ ice

A way to avoid these is to go down to I-20 or Atlanta then take 85 to Durham

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No time frame for trip. Would want to avoid bad weather (sno/ice) Possibly leaving first week of Dec. Thanks for your response,

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Thanks for your response. I’ll look into this.

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Thanks for taking the time to weigh in.

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Appreciate the input. I will keep an eye on the weather reports,

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Thanks for your in-depth info. I’ll be weighing both options based on weather.

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