I am contemplating a cross-country trip from Wilmington, NC to Seattle, WA in mid-December, returning early January. I would like to find the quickest route, but given the time of year, I also want to avoid snow/ice as much as possible. I will be driving a cross-over w/4wd, but I will be driving alone - just me and my dog - so I want to be cautious and choose the safest route. I am considering two routes:
a) I-40 to I-5
Any thoughts on how safe I-40 would be this time of year? Am I better off going w/option (b)? Or is there a better option?