After doing much research I decided to go with winter tires instead of all-seasons (Dunlop Winter Sport M2s on bronze Rota SDRs). I will be moving to Northwest PA for a period of 9 months starting in October, and I think that it's the best choice for an area that receives a decent amount of snow/ice.
Although I've driven in snow quite a few times, I'm from the Los Angeles/Southern California area where there isn't much around... The winter tires are just added insurance for someone like me who hasn't been through a whole
season of snow.
Plus, I'll have a set of 18x8" British Black Prodrive GC-010s with 235/40/18 S-03s waiting for me when I get back.