Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 2016 GLA250
Location: Oregon, USA
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I live in Portland, which has similar weather to Seattle. It does not snow very often here but when it does, it is a huge mess - the snow is sloppy, it is crazy hilly, and cleanup (plowing, etc.) is very limited.
However, my experience is that AWD/4WD is of limited benefit unless you plan to drive into the mountains. It does not help you stop or prevent skidding. Your best bet is to get a dedicated set of winter tires. In Portland, studded winter tires are allowed from Nov - March. (Studded tires are of course controversial - many say modern snow tires do just as well and don't wreck the roads. But I know people who will religiously switch every winter for the peace of mind).
And whenever possible - STAY HOME! No matter how good your setup is, there are always people out there woefully unequipped and you can't keep them from sliding into you!