I will be travelling to the US for a big trip around March 2014. We will be passing through Montana and South Dakota for a leg of it.
At this stage, it has been planned to go through this leg right at the start, around the 4th of March from Seattle and heading across to Minneapolis. Weather is reportedly quite treacherous at this time of year as it is on the tail end of Winter.
The other option is to completely reverse the trip, and head through this leg towards the end, likely around the 30th instead to try and ensure the best weather conditions.
My questions are;
Considering the climate, will we experience significantly (emphasis on significant) better weather towards the 30th, or will it be much the same at both ends of March? I assume none of you have a crystal ball, but some of your may be aware of typical weather patterns. I have done my research, and I seem to get very mixed statistics.
This trip is heavily time sensitive and we are relying on sticking to time as much as we possibly can. Our preference is the start of March however as it saves all the stuff we are looking forward to after this point. But not if it is going to compromise the whole trip and throw everything off due to poor weather.
Also, will Yellowstone (or parts of) be open at both ends of the month?
I thank you for taking the time to read this and responding!