No date choices yet- how about the first weekend in Jan. the 6th, 7th and 8th? I would probably try to make something as far as the finger lakes region but closer to Buffalo or south of there is better for me. It gets pretty extreme up that way with the lake effect snow.
If you are concerned about lake effect, then January/February are out. The way November is going, I am anticipating a rather bitter winter. But I could be wrong, it's happened before.