I am new to this forum, but I hope some one can be of help and I also hope that I might be able to return the favor in the future. My wife and I normally fly to my parents' house in Charlotte, NC for Christmas, but due to a few big presents, we were hoping to drive, so I have a few questions. With I-40 out of commission, there appears to be a few routes available from Chicago. Any suggestions? Second, driving through the mountains, what are the chances of weather being a large problem? Finally, and this is just an in general question, but what is holiday interstate driving like? How much longer does it usually take? Thanks in advance.