Join Date: Dec 2011
Car: 2010 2.5i Outback, 2015 2.5i Legacy w/Eyesight
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Do you have to commute downtown or is it all local driving on the West side? If you stay on the West side and don't have to travel on fast (40+mph) multi-lane roads when it's really snowing out, you could probably get through alright.
I run snow tires now, but my first winter 2 years ago on brand new stock continentals (that winter was one of the worst in recent years), I had an hour commute through the snow belt (South->North). Driving with other people on the roads when snow is around is always scary no matter how much traction you have, so I started leaving at 4am on days where heavy snowfall was predicted (often before the snow plows were out in force) to avoid being on the roads with all the people who know their cars are impaired after the 10% of "invincible" drivers learn the hard way that they have the same limitations as everyone else and make for an awful mess. I never had an issue getting going or stopping when I was on the road before the plows were out in force--but then again, I made sure there were significantly fewer people to hit or be hit by. I do run snows now though for the added security and ability to better perform evasive maneuvers when an "invincible" driver in a Cavalier without snow tires decides to pass me and the line of cars in front of me at highway speeds in the third lane that no longer exists (due to not being plowed or driven on for the past half-day with constant snow fall) and... I'm sure you can imagine what would probably happen next.
In summary, the issue is not so much getting stuck (though it is certainly possible) as it is the added ability to perform an evasive maneuver when you need to (including stopping, which tdelker mentions). Well worth the money in my opinion.