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Old 09-26-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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Would like to pull my 40 foot fiver from Fresno CA to magazine ar. And back. (Just se of fort smith). I40 is most direct route. I will be traveling mid December and returning mid Jan. What can I expect snow wise. Are the roads kept clear. Best time of day to travel so ice melts etc. I've heard I10 would be better, but when I head north it would mostly be 2 lane roads which would not be good.

I know Flagstaff area could be bad. But then it could not. Snow is unpredictable, especially this far out. I'm just wondering about averages.

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Old 09-26-2020, 09:09 PM   #2
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The problem with averages is what if you run into a 50, 75, or 100 year storm.
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:12 PM   #3
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I-40 is one of the major east west Interstates and will always be open.
On the way back you could have snow around Albuquerque NM and west to Flagstaff AZ.
You make it to Kingman AZ you are home free.
I really wouldn't worry at all and plan your trip as well as keeping abreast of the weather on the way back.
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:37 PM   #4
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I-40 is one of the major east west Interstates and will always be open.
I40 has closed many times heading east through the pass.
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I40 has closed many times heading east through the pass.
How long goes it stay closed, long enough to clear? Are you talking barstow.
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How long goes it stay closed, long enough to clear? Are you talking barstow.
Meant to say 40 closes east of Albuquerque at times.
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You need to monitor the weather ahead. I 40 would be the most direct route and the shortest time unless you run into snow.
An alternative if it's snowy weather would be I 10 to I 20, then I 35 to I 40 if you want to keep to the interstates. That's going to add about 300 miles to your journey each way though.
Snow melts if the temp is high enough and faster if the sun is out and that's usually during the day.
However, your main danger will be icy roads. Black ice causes lots of accidents.
You might need to schedule a 'layover day' just in case. Safe journey.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:19 PM   #8
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Every freeway closes at times.
I-40 in December/January in the mentioned areas can be great, or have weather problems. All you can do is stay on top of the latest forecasts.
Odds are, I-40 will be fine.
And yes I-10 is a safer bet , unless it is closed for dust/wind storms between Deming NM and Wilcox Az
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East of Ft Smith is a Love's. Fuel up there. Pickins are slim around Paris, Ar. There is one store between Paris and Mt. Magazine and they are proud of what little they stock. Paris has a small WalMart. There is a supercenter in Booneville to the south. The switchbacks on hwy 309 are not that bad.
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