Snow on western routes?

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  1. Jan 7, 2020 #1

    Rail Freak

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    I'm seriously wanting to take a trip from Florida to Denver ( SM-CL-EB-CS-CZ) in the next few weeks! Any current travelers out there experiencing snow on these routes? That's my objective, to see as much snow as possible!! Thanx in advance!!!
     
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    It's been a very warm winter. There is still snow in the mountains and along parts of the EB and LSL but not much else on the LD network right now. If you want snow on the CZ you should continue beyond Denver.

    Attached is a snow cover map for today from WeatherStreet.com
     

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    Aren't you from Largo? Adapting well,LOL!
     
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    Looks like he plans to approach Denver from the west.
     
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    In early December, I went the opposite direction. CZ westbound, CS and EB eastbound. I did not see a lot of snow in Colorado, but saw a lot of snow in the Sierras and in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota on the EB route. Below is a photo of my feet in snow during a fresh air stop on the EB route on 12/11/19.
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    plenty of snow on the CZ route this week in Colorado above 7,000 feet elevation.
     
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    Who knows if they'll actually operate the train if snow is expected? :rolleyes:
     
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    My wife and I are going to ride the EB from Seattle to Minneapolis/St. Paul on Feb 4th with the expectation of seeing lots of snow. We’re really looking forward to it.
     
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    Yes, I lived in Florida for 13 years. I always liked the cold so it wasn't hard to adjust to; I've actually been really disappointed with all the mild weather recently!
     
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    My little corner of Montana (just a few miles from the north portal of the Flathead Tunnel) finally got snow on the ground this past weekend, and it's expected to stay, though it's not deep. Spokane, north Idaho, and other parts of MT have much more.

    The Builder, at least, has a lot more trouble with summer flooding in North Dakota and the occasional sun kink or heat-related speed restriction than it does with snow. It has to be a realllllllly bad blizzard around East Glacier/Browning, or an avalanche across a place without a snowshed on Marias Pass, before snow interferes with the train.
     
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    The Builder was canceled both in and out of Chicago today due to "inclement weather" I.e. snow in Washington state! Hard to justify.
     
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    What's hard to justify is that they didn't run to at least Havre. Or worse: to St. Paul. Route 2 has been close on Stevens Pass, so things must be bad there.
     
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    Looks like the approaching system will be significant indeed for Chicago-Detroit, enough to cause travel disruptions.
     
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    Can't be late if you never left in the first place. :cool:
     
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    If you're looking for the white stuff go at least to Glenwood Springs or Grand Junction on the CZ. We're
    Go at least to Glenwood Springs or Grand Junction to see the white stuff. Denver is kinda barren right now.
     
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