Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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18-19" and snow don't go together very well to start.
I don't drive much on snow in my California years and even when I go skiing with storm forecast, I usually pass, but few years back I bought 4Matic in Minnesota and drove it home to California in winter.
Bad luck in Nebraska and Wyoming I went via storm of decade if not Century. Slept through the worse, but in the morning with several inches of slushy snow I did continue, passing lot of semitrucks either in the ditches, or jackknifed on center divider.
All that on directional sport tires.
I did had extensive snow driving experience when I was living in 4seasons, so that definitely help, but MB 4Matic system of last generation with ESP is one of technical wonders and help a lot on snow.