And since I'm a selfish person, it also doesn't look promising for me. Fortunately, I have taken a variety of routes to Ann Arbor from Dallas before...I think this is my 5th time driving there...so it won't be too much of a hassle.
Still, I enjoy the scenery of Tennessee and Kentucky and going up through Ohio rather than the bleak winter-weary plains of Illinois and Indiana. Spring through Autumn the plains are gorgeous, but in winter they are depressing, and the wind is fierce since there is nothing to cut it. It's sort of like it can be around here, since we are a relatively flat area and are actually the southern part of the Great Plains.
Last year when I got caught in that blizzard and wasn't fully prepared, I was mad at myself. This year I have a proper coat, just had new windshield wipers put on my car, bought a long-handled ice scraper, and will pack my snow shoes, more warm clothes, food, and water in my car....just in case. I did have some of this last year, but the proper coat and shoes would have been helpful when I had to dig out my car in Elizabethtown, Kentucky after stopping for the night.
I have been thankful for my 4-wheel drive so many times since I bought this car on January 19, 2006. I'm glad I didn't let the car salesman talk me out of it, because I have made good use of it on many occasions and draw great comfort from knowing that it helps me both in everyday driving as well as these special extreme circumstances. The reduction in gas mileage is worth the piece of mind, for certain.