I've been looking over this forum and I was hoping someone can confirm my winter route.
In mid-December I'm traveling from Syracuse to LA. This is just to get from point A to point B, no sightseeing, so I don't have to go a specific route for my travels. My original plan was to take the shortest route (as many people here suggested), which would be the 90 - 80 - 70. I usually avoid toll roads but I was told to take them as they are better maintained in the winter.
However, I've also been told (and read here) that I should avoid the lake effect areas. I'm in Syracuse, so there is no way to completely avoid these areas. However, this is my first winter in New York and have almost zero experience driving in snow. I know that I could take the southern route (80-40) but I've read here numerous times its better to take the most direct route and the north is better able to react to snow storms.
Is there another direct route that I could take that will avoid most of the lake effect? Or should I stick with the most direct and drive through Chicago? I'm trying to do the trip in five days, just me and my dog. But I will easily be able to stop if I feel the roads are unsafe. I'm just worried about which route to pick.
Also, does anyone have any weather / road closure apps they recommend? I plan to check state transportation websites but with my traveling so many miles a day, I was wondering if there was an app anyone recommended.
Thank you all in advance for your time,