Just want to get some suggestions in regards to which route would be safer to drive during winter season. I did a road trip in May from Austin, TX to SF after my sister graduation. We took the I-40 going through New Mexico & Arizona then up to Utah and took I-50 back into CA. It was a really fun trip.
Now my sister got a job in Waco and need to take her car back to TX. We want to do another road trip. This time we don't plan to take that many stops since we don't have that much time. I am considering to take I-70 going through Colorado because I never been there, but I am afraid of the road condition. Since it is winter season and the car is just a Honda Accord, I am afraid of driving on snow and Ice as I don't have that much experience and the car does not has 4-wheel drive especially when I need to drive through mountains. Also, I read on some of the threads that the weather on I-40 is very unpredictable and can have severe snow storm.
Here's my plan
North route: I-50 then I-70 arrive at Denver. Then take I-25 > US-87 > US-287 to Waco.
South route: I-5 to I-40 then US-84
Can someone suggestion which road and/or route will be safe to drive on for a Honda Accord during January. I am thinking of getting snow chains just in case. Do you think it is necessary?