I will be making a trip starting January 14th from Oklahoma City and arriving prior to January 21 (hopefully!) in Eugene Oregon. I am looking for advice on the best route considering weather conditions. It will be me and my dog in a mid-size crossover vehicle. I made the reverse trip (Oregon to OKlahoma via Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) about six months ago so sight seeing is not really a big aspect of this trip. I just want to arrive safely and avoid as much of the mountains and harsher weather as possible.
It was suggested that I take a southern route through New Mexico and Arizona and then up through California. Any thoughts on this? I am comfortable driving this trip but my concern is, as I said, heavy snow in the mountain passes. I've not driven much in those conditions and I worry about accidents.
Any help or idea would be appreciated!