Best Driving Route

What is the best route to take driving to HWS from Fairfield County in CT? The straightest route seems to be through Ithaca, but that uses many non-highway roads and I wonder condition those will be in during the winter. The other choice seems to be to take one of the interstates to Syracuse and then cut across. Any suggestions?

When the weather is clear, the roads in the region will be clear. So I’d say the forecast is more relevant than the route. That said, you could take the interstate-like Route 17 as far as I-81 and then make a decision near that juncture as to which way to continue.