Originally Posted by Lightwysh
If I lived in Maine or one of the far north areas where snow actually stays on the road for more than 1-2 days I would consider a decent snow tire. But here there is no real need. The few major storms we get usually don't hang around long enough to necessitate needing a dedicated snow tire. I just think its ridiculous that people "need" snows and live in relatively moderate climates.
BINGO. Outfit your car for the conditions it's going to be driven in most of the time. For many of us in the US, winter is mild and snow on the roads is minor and only lasts 4 to 8 hours before being removed. On day it might snow 4 inches and be 16 degrees and two days later it's 45 and sunny. For me, snow tires makes absolutely no sense when Kansas City gets around 16 to 22 inches of snow. Yes, I know that snow tires are better in the snow. I also know that a set of high performance all seasons will handle and brake better on dry roads and in 35+ degree temps which are more common in the winter around here than snow packed roads and sub 30 degree temps.