Winter Shutdown Diversion

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GARRETT R.'s Comment
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I am currently shut down outside of Salt Lake City and have a load going to Chicago. My co driver and I started in Los Angeles and decided to take the northern route. Of course the blizzard of the century hits and we are shut down. Here is the question. Do we continue to stay shut down and wait out this blizzard that seems to have just started or do we divert south and take HWY 40. HWY 70 is out of the question because my company does not allow drivers on that stretch of road between Utah and Colorado. We would hate to lose the day or so to backtrack all the way back to the 40 so the question is do we stay put or go south.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I am currently shut down outside of Salt Lake City and have a load going to Chicago. My co driver and I started in Los Angeles and decided to take the northern route. Of course the blizzard of the century hits and we are shut down. Here is the question. Do we continue to stay shut down and wait out this blizzard that seems to have just started or do we divert south and take HWY 40. HWY 70 is out of the question because my company does not allow drivers on that stretch of road between Utah and Colorado. We would hate to lose the day or so to backtrack all the way back to the 40 so the question is do we stay put or go south.

If you're underneath the storm system I am in Denver, things should start clearing up tomorrow. Could take a little longer for 80 proper to reopen though. Realistically you're best staying put imo.

's Comment
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I'm shutdown in Heyburn ID waiting for 80 to reopen to get to Denver myself. Last I checked it's supposed to start opening between 1200-1400 tomorrow unless they change it again. If I'm being honest the time 'off' is nice.

PackRat's Comment
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Did you compute that extra mileage?

Stay parked, rest up, and possibly get 34 hour resets.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Stay put, keep checking the weather where you’re at and for everything east. Also chalk this up as a lesson of inexperience and poor trip planning. The storm you and your co drivers are stuck in has been predicted for a week with heavy accumulation and there’s a very good reason why chain carry laws remain in effect until the end of March. The better route would have definitely been to take 40 across and work your way up but for future reference, north of 70 and west of 35 is a crapshoot until mid April.

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