What a wonderful forum this is! I'm planning a roadtrip from Portland, OR to upstate NY in late January. I'll be driving with a friend or two back to school. I have limited time, a week or so, and I'm trying to avoid the worst of the winter driving.
How bad is it going to be through the middle of the country that time of year? Should I tack a few days onto the trip and take a southern route, to save myself a lot of hassle and dreary weather?