I have to ask this question, do people really find studded tires are necessary in common winter driving situations? We used to have chains back in the mid-70s but I can't remember the last time studded tires or chains were even a thought. I can understand under some extreme conditions but for what most people run into it seems a little overkill. We get a fair amount of snow around here also, but I don't think it has much to do with volume, but rather more to do conditions after a storm. Around here it usually melts away fairly soon after snowing. Even up in Maine it tends to melt fairly quickly, letting the roads get back to raw tar in not to long after most storms. Although last year we did keep snow on the road for a good couple weeks for the first time in a long time.