Today I decided to continue my US cross country trip with the Cherokee and finish this leg at Telluride. I took off from Carbon County Regional Airport with the following flight plan:
KPUC OAB 01UT ETL KTEX with alternate KGJT
The weather conditions were VFR till some point after 01UT and before ETL VOR. At the time I started the flight, the weather conditions at Telluride airport were MVFR and outside any potential bad/IFR weather. Things change, I did not check thoroughly the cloud movement and any potential TAFs for the area.
At some point before ETL VOR, I found myself flying under VFR rules in the following conditions:
The AWOS at Telluride gave 1/2SM visibility, which was way below the allowed minimums for runway 9 localizer approach.
I have completely lost ground contact.
I know, I should have executed a 180 and turn back, but I decided to take it straight to the alternate airport (KGJT, after checking that it is currently under VFR)
I headed Northwest (330) and after approximately 10min. of flight in IMC I got a glimpse of hope:
I have successfully landed at KGJT (little windy) with no complications whatsoever. (sorry forgot to take more pictures out of excitement I guess)
Note taken, I should have checked my weather and weather development in greater details. I got really on my toes when the weather changed into completely IFR even it is only a sim. I can't imagine what it is in the real world. I have read and watched many times that flying VFR into IMC is one of the main culprits for aircraft accidents.