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True that, but the thing is this -- the winter tires will STILL outperform summer or A/S tires on dry pavement because while it may be dry they're still going to be COLD!

Temperature matters when it comes to the compound choice you want on the tire; summer tires will be rock hard and thus lose traction-wise on a comparative basis. On the other hand trying to run winter tires in the summer will have them wear out EXTREMELY fast, as they'll be like goo in the summer heat.
This...

This time around I made the choice of moving to lower profile Falken Eurowinter because I plan on driving my sons beater with real snows when it gets bad out. The tradeoff was snow traction, but the Eurowinters are a softer ice compound that will grip better in cold temps. So as Ticker states it isnt only about the snow, but the temp.

Ultimately we all have different winters and different commutes. Part of researching tires is knowing your use case. Different strokes for different folks.

Part of my choice this time around was driven by having another car to lean on. If I didnt I would have gone back to 17's. But I got a good deal on the 19's and decided to trade some durability for looks. We shall see if regret that decision.

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trying to run winter tires in the summer will have them wear out EXTREMELY fast, as they'll be like goo in the summer heat.
Ah, now thatís interesting! So if we get some freaky heat wave in March or April, is this a serious enough issue that I should immediately switch the tires (or refrain from driving)?
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Ah, now that’s interesting! So if we get some freaky heat wave in March or April, is this a serious enough issue that I should immediately switch the tires (or refrain from driving)?
No. Not at all.

A short warm spell in the spring will not hurt the winter tires, nor will it wear down at an alarming rate.

The risk is more when summer temps are 90s for highs and 70s for lows for weeks at a time.

A good rule of thumb for most of the snow belt is to put on winter tires around the Thanksgiving holiday, and remove them around the Easter holiday. Of course, this varies with the harsher snowy areas (such as higher altitudes and lake-effect areas), but it's generally fine if you're swapping out all-seasons for winter tires.


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Here in QC, Canada, it's more like 7/7.

When the forecast shows about 7 days under 7 degrees C, I switch to winter tires.

Where I live, it's around Halloween, usually.


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Has anyone tried the tires with the severe snow service rating? These are all-seasons that focus on snow. Not a true dedicated winter/snow tire. More manufactures are now offering these. Could be good for areas with only a couple snow events a year and run them year round.
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