Originally Posted by Bigiggs
Given the warmer temperatures and the lack of snow (once or twice a year) we have been experiencing here in the DC metro area, it is hard to justify buying snow tires. I know that the Bridgestones that my car is equipped with offers less grip in the colder months, however this is not enough to propel me to spend $800 (rims and tires). Instead I have been driving a little slower and in the event of snowfall I plan on working from home (as may be the case later tonight). Honestly, for me it is peace of mind knowing that temporary solutions exist.
After no snow here last year and almost none so far this year, I'm starting to think all-seasons would be better here than the performance snow tires I've been using. But I would not use summer tires below 40 degrees, and I don't want to use all-seasons in summer.
Anyway, the cost of the snow tires doesn't count, because you're putting that much less wear on your summer tires. So you just need some wheels.