Happy New Year!
I saw a news article yesterday that underscores some advice that is frequently dispensed on this Forum. Cross country drives in the winter are largely an exercise in weather avoidance, because nobody wants to get stuck in a blizzard while traveling, or, worse yet, one of those multi-car pileups involving jack-knifed 18 wheelers. It's a common misconception that taking the southern route will give you the best odds on clear sailing. Interstate 10 practically hugs the Mexican border and the Gulf Coast, and it doesn't cross any big mountain passes, so most people assume that the aforementioned blizzards and pileups won't happen that far south. And the usual response given here by our moderators is something to the effect of: "Don't be too sure about that!" Check this out:
Drivers stuck in Van Horn
Several jack-knifed semi trucks on I-10 near Van Horn due to snow
Enjoy the holiday, and be safe out there!