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Old 10-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default I-5 in december

Hey guys,

I have been thinking of driving to san francisco to surprise my dad in mid december. I realize that there will probably be snow from the southern half of oregon down to northern half of california on the I-5 and I will be checking the forecast daily in december.

I have driven down to san fran many times but always during late spring/early fall. Just never during the colder months.

Does anyone have any personal experience with the route during december?

I figure I could play it safe and do the 101 partway through oregon. But I rather stick with the I-5.

My plans are not concrete... so if I don't go, then no biggie.

I will have all 4 snowies on the car but no chains/studs.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Chapter/Region: NWIC
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I'm sure you'll be fine with snow tires and cautious driving. Since it's a main interstate the roads should be plowed well/sanded/de-iced. It's always the darker back roads that take time before the plows cover them.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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i drove down and back up I-5 in dec last year, wasnt to bad, MT Shasta area was snowy, and the summit coming into oregon, other then that lots of rains and cold weather.
i did it in stock summer tires to, was a bit scary but with cautious driving and slow when you get to snow, should be fine
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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Giving the Farmers Almanac prediction go with snow shoes. Made that drive numerous times with my WS-70's and had no issue, just watch out for ice patches. Safe travels!!
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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Thanks guys! Its probably gonna be I-5 all the way for me then. Being such an arterial route, that would be the better bet for me.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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Last Jan I brought my wrx back from tx. and i5 was bad... Cameras online show some of it and it does get plowed but only one lane that the trucks only go 10mph. In... I ended up having to pass a plow and trucks in 2.5' of snow going outta grants pass/sisques... 101 would've actually been warmer being on the coast but is epic windy and long... And I did it all in daytime thinking the sun would help... It doesn't, parts of the mtn. Never see light...
Check the cameras online day of. IMO. My car was stock no chains and had zero slippage in the snow...
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