I'm in southeast Illinois and we get usually around 3 decent snows each year. It's not enough that anybody around here uses winter tires, but generally people know what to do to be careful in ice and snow since it's common. And they are prepared for clearing roads.
I haven't ever gotten stuck, and that includes driving to work on unplowed roads after 1 ft snow overnight. When the snow is deep enough or packed a bit, the xB kind of floats across the snow since it's pretty light. It's not like you'll float off the road, but of course steering is a little dulled. I find it fun. The xB is maybe slightly lower than I'd like for snow driving, but it's fine otherwise. When my street is plowed, I have to either blow through the wall (only attempted if the snow is new and fluffy), or shovel out the front of my driveway a bit first. And even then, I have plowed a little path through the fluffy top stuff on my alley before, about 50 yards or so. I make sure to have enough speed for the tricky spots, but I've never really had trouble. We get ice too and normal practice for bad conditions has been fine.
I had Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires on when I bought my car new, but now I have Yokohama Avid Envigor tires. Supposedly they are bad in snow according to reviews, but I didn't really have any problems.
I had considered getting new, slightly lower springs such as the Tanabe NF210, but after a couple winters and scraping snow a little here and there, I kind of dropped that idea.
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