Originally Posted by The X Men
You live and learn I guess. In areas such that doesnt get a lot of snow too often, such as NJ, all you need is AWD and a good set of all season tires. If you have AWD, you can always add snow tires easily if you feel the need, but you have a RWD, you cannot add AWD if you want more traction.
The all seasons will work I suppose, but I see it as kind of the worst of both worlds. You lose the performance of the summer tires and larger wheels AND you lose the superior performance of winter wheels equipped with snow tires. An extra set of wheels/tires is not that expensive (and all your rubber lasts longer) and the cost to change them out twice a year is insignificant. November to March, I run the winter wheels. In October and April, I sometimes don't run at all.
Just my $.02.