Hi - I am moving my family to Seattle from Chicago the first week of November. We have an older dog who can't fly so we are doing a road trip to get him to Seattle. Obviously 1-90 is the most direct route but I am terrified of road conditions through WA and ID. I have been investigating alternate routes and it looks like 1-80 may take us through a flatter route (which I would hope means less snow and bad road conditions). It's about 250 miles addition but we are willing to go a little longer if it means a safer ride.
Montana and Idaho already got a winter storm in October so I am really paranoid about the 1-90 drive. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice on doing the 1-80 route instead? We will not be doing any side trips, we are looking to just drive and get to Seattle as soon as we can - we are expecting a 3-4 day trip.
Thanks for any advice or opinions!