Thanksgiving travel

Not expecting bad travel weather today in the upper Midwest. However, the forecast does call for the possibility of a couple inches of fresh snow on Thanksgiving Day in northern Minnesota. Air travel may be delayed in rainy southern California.

In 1992, we had a fun-filled travel adventure from the Twin Cities to Chicago Land the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. My son was in his senior year in Minnetonka H.S. so we waited until his dismissal at 2PM to hit the highway. I knew leaving that late in the day was going to be a problem, as I expected snow to fall in Wisconsin in the evening.

Short story, we observed our first flakes of snow in the dusk around Black River Falls. By Tomah the traffic on I94 had narrowed to a single lane. About the Dells, snow had already accumulated a couple of inches and visibility was about 100 yards. If I could have seen the exit we would have pulled off.

Motoring on in a caravan of vehicles we navigated safely to Portage with the snow piling up to about five inches. I was hopeful that the snowfall rate would decrease as we drove south.

The weather guy got lucky, by Madison snow was slushy on the roadways and by Janesville the snow was mixed with a cold rain.

We caught a break and arrived in Elgin adding only about two hours to our trip.

Travel safe and give Thanks!


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