First Snow Storm

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Larry T.'s Comment
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Just got into Flying J in Fargo, ND. Unloaded in Bismarck ND 40 mph wind gusts,blowing snow. Left at 2:30 pm with pretty much an empty trailer. Just some empty roll containers and cardboard. I was doing 65mph for a good hour then it went to crap, I stayed at 40mph, increased to 45mph at times. Started getting dark and the semi and pickup truck I was following doing 37mph I fell behind.

Saw 10 semi s in the ditch in an hour.

I was doing 35mph and all of the sudden I start to lose it, I'm guessing the only reason I saved it was my slow speed. I'm so rattled right now.

I delt with 50mph+ wind gusts in the Dakota's a few weeks ago, but throw in snow and ice, yikes.


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Davy A.'s Comment
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I had a lot ad scheduled from Loveland co to rapid city. Held off because of this system. 60 to 80 mph winds and then ice and blowing snow to follow


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PackRat's Comment
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13 October 2021 on the side road that leads into the WM DC. This was the first snow we had that snarled up I-80.

Be careful out there if you're not used to the wind or driving in the snow.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Unloaded in Bismarck ND 40 mph wind gusts,blowing snow. Left at 2:30 pm with pretty much an empty trailer.

One thing that scares me the most is wind. If empty I would not take a chance in gusts of 40mph, especially if it was coming at me from either side.

I'm glad you made it through the nasty weather and were able to shut down safely to wait out the worst of it. I don't blame you for being rattled. That feeling will help you stay cautious and less likely to take risks. Stay safe, and thanks for sharing your experience.


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Art M.'s Comment
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Empty? Snow? Wind?.. I'm not moving)

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol I just parked too on the I-40 W side the panhandle winds are blowing me and this light 11k load......

25-40+ mph gusts, I was doin', ok but, some of them side gusts, made me pucker up a wee bit haha.

Don't wanna get tossed over in this new rig with only 4,568 miles on it now lol


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IDMtnGal 's Comment
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If you are down to 35 mph, find a safe place and park it. In Wyoming and Nebraska do not park on ANY RAMPS, ON or OFF as you will get a ticket. Wyoming is $250. Nebraska is a level III "Unsafe Driving" ticket. For the state's you go through regularly, I would recommend downloading the 511 apps for the State:


I have three pages of apps and dedicate one page specifically for my trucking stuff I need.


Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It finally got cold enough to stop wearing shorts. Watch those winds along 94 today if you’re up in my neck of the woods.


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Mountain Matt's Comment
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Laura, as a newbie, I'm totally checking out your app list!!

I was driving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last night, and the wind was fierce just against my car! My gas mileage decreased from 36mpg to 24mpg because of the headwind. It's a sobering heads-up for what lies ahead, when I'm driving something bigger than my Kia Soul!


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PackRat's Comment
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It's a sobering heads-up for what lies ahead, when I'm driving something bigger than my Kia Soul!

You're going to love I-80 through Nebraska and Wyoming. I promise.

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