Winter Highway

Leaving North Ranch shortly after 6:30 am, only a few stray snow flakes danced in the headlight beams. A steady snow, occasionally heavy, was spreading southward. On the board, a scheduled appointment on the eastern plains of Colorado.

Having made this kind of drive, in this kind of weather, before, it can be challenging. Winter driving conditions can be poor across open land. A straight road with few grades and curves matter little. The highway, when closed, usually occurs when the conditions are past poor, and the likelihood of becoming stranded are high.

The last status board read, “Winter driving conditions. Poor visibility. Drive with care.”

into the storm: I-70 eastbound from Limon (9:15 am, Jan 28 2019)

Fog and snow blowing across the interstate added to the poor visibility. After a while, other cars and trucks become fewer in these type of conditions.

Driving home wasn’t so bad. The snow had ended in the early afternoon; the roads were clear.

Once home, a light fog was settling over North Ranch. For a change, it was Laurie and Andrea who kept a dinner plate warm for me.


9 thoughts on “Winter Highway

  1. Great winter conditions photo. Snow and fog on the Colorado plains looks like driving on a road to nowhere. We’ve been alternating between cloudy and sunny down here, but no winter driving conditions for a couple of weeks now.

    1. On I-70, when snowing, is like driving into the abyss … especially when there is no town at the next exit, or the road at the next exit takes you further into the unknown. Or, no turnaround checkpoint by the state police. The fog, it simply stole away whatever light was available.

      1. We were in whiteout conditions driving over Monarch Pass on our way to Pitkin, CO a couple of years ago. On our way back to Albuquerque we discovered Monarch Crest store and a weather station on Monarch past that we couldn’t see in the whiteout.

        1. Most surprising you were able to cross Monarch Pass in whiteout conditions. The pass is usually closed when it’s happening, or when they think it will happen.

          1. It was in mid September and came on suddenly as we were driving over the pass. Snow was not expected.

            1. Whoever told you that doesn’t know Colorado well. It can begin snowing as early as mid-August in the mountains, and the chances steadily increase through fall into winter.

            2. Let me put it this way. Snow was not forecast. It went from sunny to low clouds and snow very quickly, which I’m well aware can happen anytime at high altitudes.

    1. Across the plains on I-70, in Colorado, is one of the more difficult drives during winter – most vulnerable to blizzard conditions and dense fog. It was one of the few times I saw the fog make it darker. Also, it’s an interstate highway you do not want to travel at night … talk about dark.

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