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Old 03-04-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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First week in October it is likely to be in the 70's.
Probably, but it partly depends where in the state you're talking. In far northern Wisconsin, snow can be on the ground by late September. Usually that quickly melts off, though.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:27 PM
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Location: Planet Earth
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Related question--I didn't want to open a new post.

I haven't been to that area in a LONG time (25 years), if I were to go the first week of October, how likely is snow? I've never driven in snow, and don't want to learn now.
Chances of snow in early Oct are something like 1 in 10 for N.Wisconsin and 1 in 20 for S. Wisconsin, so I would not worry. As pointed out, it also melts quickly in a day or two. Normal temps are more likely to be in the 50's and 60's during the day, 30's at night. Check closer to your trip, however.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Default Thanks for all the replies

Thanks for all the great replies everyone!

With the current tread-depth of our all-seasons reading 4/32's" I will most likely be tire shopping this summer for another set of all-seasons, probably Michelin LTX M/S2's at the Sam's Club in Wausau. Or I may decide on getting a set of Michelin Xice Xi2. I'd rather be safe than sorry so I am strongly leaning towards the latter. And eventually getting a second set of rims for the all-seasons' use in spring and summer.

Things can and do get dicey during winter in a vehicle that is RWD only and no traction control feature running all-seasons. So I forsee it only being worse when driving up north.

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to calling WI home
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Chances of snow in early Oct are something like 1 in 10 for N.Wisconsin and 1 in 20 for S. Wisconsin, so I would not worry. As pointed out, it also melts quickly in a day or two. Normal temps are more likely to be in the 50's and 60's during the day, 30's at night. Check closer to your trip, however.
Hopefully, we won't be out that much at night. When temps get that low here, I end up wearing a lot of layers! The thickest thing I currently own is a hooded jacket. I do have a knit cap though, I suppose I should bring it.

Thanks for ALL the replies to my question.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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No. Put a 50lb bag of sand in the middle of your trunk and you shouldn't have any problems.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:16 PM
r_k
 
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Hopefully, we won't be out that much at night. When temps get that low here, I end up wearing a lot of layers! The thickest thing I currently own is a hooded jacket. I do have a knit cap though, I suppose I should bring it.

Thanks for ALL the replies to my question.
You can check closer to your trip. A hooded jacket should be enough unless it is very thin, in which case add a sweater or something. Light gloves can go a long way in keeping you warm.

Early and mid-Oct is probably the most beautiful time of the year in Wisconsin. I always try to get to the northwoods the first weekend.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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Default Do you need winter tires?

Only if you value your life.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Only if you value your life.
It's not a safety issue. It's about getting enough traction to start moving through deep snow, instead of just spinning your wheels and swearing. They have very little effect on braking or sideways skid tendency. If the surface is too slippery to get traction (like ice or hard packed snow), then all non-studded tires are pretty much the same. and tread design is little help.

All-season tires are good enough, unless you live or need to drive on a road that doesn't get plowed promptly (or at all), or have a reallly long driveway that you are disinclined to shovel thoroughly.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's not a safety issue. It's about getting enough traction to start moving through deep snow, instead of just spinning your wheels and swearing. They have very little effect on braking or sideways skid tendency. If the surface is too slippery to get traction (like ice or hard packed snow), then all non-studded tires are pretty much the same. and tread design is little help.

All-season tires are good enough, unless you live or need to drive on a road that doesn't get plowed promptly (or at all), or have a reallly long driveway that you are disinclined to shovel thoroughly.
I think maybe you've lived in Texas for too long.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think maybe you've lived in Texas for too long.
The reason I live in Texas is because I have way too many decades of experience with cars in snow in Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada.
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