The 5 Snowiest Highways in America

The Eastern United States has just been slammed by the record-setting winter storm Stella. Large swaths of the country have been issued blizzard warnings, hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the mayor of New York has even warned his constituents against spending too much time outside in the cold.

In honor of the blizzard, we have decided to compile a list of the snowiest highways in the United States—if you are on the road towards the end of this winter and early spring, beware of these interstates!

I-90

I-90 is, by far and away, the snowiest interstate in the United States. It skirts Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, feeling the full wrath of the lake-effect snow. Interstate 90 passes through Erie, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo—all four of which contend for the snowiest city in America each winter, and all four perennially receive one hundred inches of snowfall. The road doesn’t get any clearer after you exit PA, either—the snow will stick with you as you pass Cleveland, South Bend, and Chicago, straight through to the Rocky Mountains and in Washington state. Brrr.

I-80

Interstate 80 runs almost parallel to I-90, just a hundred or so miles to the south. Starting in New York City, I-80 runs through the mountains of Pennsylvania, through Pittsburgh and heads up to Cleveland and the Great Lakes. All three cities receive a ton of snowfall each year, and the snowy mountains of PA add an extra-treacherous touch to the highway. From there, it heads West, through the Colorado and Utah—notorious for their snow, mountains and great skiing. From NYC to Utah, there is a ton of snow covering I-80 each year.

I-81

Although 81 runs deep into the South, where it doesn’t snow too much, it starts up on the New York-Quebec border, eventually running through Watertown and Syracuse. That section of up-state New York gets piled with snow for nearly five months out of the year and makes live miserable for snow-plowing services.

I-96

I-96 is a small highway, traversing only Michigan, however it rests in the heart of the Great Lakes. According to The Weather Channel, Michigan is one of 14 states in the U.S. that has gotten between five and ten thousand inches of snowfall in the last 30 years—I-96, nestled between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, experiences every inch.

 I-5

Interstate 5 runs from the American border with British Columbia to Tijuana, Mexico. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana don’t get too much snow. However up north, the highway sees plenty of winter conditions in Washington and Oregon, the only two states (other than Alaska) that have seen more 10,000 inches of snow since 1985.

While it is officially spring, and the winter weather is outbound, the northernmost parts of the United States should see a few more snowfalls before summer rolls around. It is important to recognize where the dangerous road conditions will appear and remain prepared to weather any storm. The same is true of your finances—do you have the cash flow necessary to make it through unexpected expenses? If not, take a look at freight factoring. With freight factoring, you can up your cash flow, avoid debt and make sure that you are never caught in a financial storm.