In winter, cold air moving across the Great Lakes can gather moisture. The moisture becomes trapped in low-hanging clouds. Winds propel the clouds over land, where the moisture is then released in heavy snows, accompanied by strong winds (via National Weather Service). This is known as “lake effect snow,” and can create blizzard-like conditions, although for a shorter duration than a true blizzard. However, the distinction hardly matters if you’re driving through heavy snow, icy roads, and zero visibility.
My wife and I took advantage of the long Presidents Day weekend to head up to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. As we ventured north, we passed through a few small snow showers and a squall along the New York Thruway. However, once we entered Adirondack State Park, we encountered the worst whiteout conditions my wife and I had ever seen. As we battled the elements, we tried our best to keep calm and manage the drive safely. We knew our Jeep Grand Cherokee was well-equipped for winter weather, especially when rolling on Nokian tires. We knew the road well, and so were able to approximate our distances from the guardrails and shoulders. We used the Jeep’s built-in GPS to alert us when major curves and turns were approaching. We drove slowly, at some points no more than fifteen miles per hour. And after a nerve-racking 90 minutes, we reached our destination safely, having survived an awful storm.
So come long, then, on a journey that includes a white-knuckled drive through a wicked storm, some scenic views, cool drone photography, and great food. We’ll wrap up with some fun automotive updates, too.
An Adirondack Driving Adventure:
Although this brief video we filmed doesn’t truly fully capture the challenge of driving through a snow squall, it can at least offer some insight into the challenges presented by this weather event:
New Car Updates! High Mileage Updates! And More Updates!
Before closing, I wanted to share some new car news from a friend, a high mileage update from another friend, and a cool automotive anniversary as well.
You CAN go back home again:
A Mileage Annivesary
While I have traveled to the Adirondacks many times over the past several years, this trip was, without question, one of the most memorable. Although we had an excellent vehicle with great tires, we knew the road, and we drove carefully, I would be remiss if I did not also point out the other major factor that enabled us to reach our destination safely: the care and attention of other vehicles on the road. No one tailgated, everyone was driving slowly, and every vehicle we encountered had their hazard lights on. While I would not want to knowingly drive into such a storm again, the experience was invaluable for future winter driving.
And thanks for coming along on this snowy adventure into the Adirondacks along the open road ahead!