I'd rather have the brutal cold I experienced in Bangor, Maine than the not-so-cold ice storms I lived through in Greenville, North Carolina. When snow is really cold you can walk or drive in it. No one can walk or drive on ice.
Also, Bangor has snow plows. Last I knew Greenville had one pick up truck with a plow blade to serve the whole county.
This is true, at -30C the roads are sticky and traction is great. It is the sloppy -5 to plus 1 stuff that causes the most accidents.
By the way, you know you live in a winter climate when it is illegal to operate a vehicle on the highways without winter tires from October to April.
Really? Wow. It is cold here (-39 with the wind chill last week) but I don't think summer tires are illegal, just stupid. I don't have a car, though, so I may not be up on my tire legislation.
(Co-worker's husband has no winter tires. She said she was reminded of this when she borrowed his car and slid through an intersection with cars coming the other way. Fun times!)
And that is the exact reason most cold places have mandatory winter tires.
But really, unfortunately with car one is quite likely to kill somebody else. So it's not a personal risk, thus the laws. However, we only have mandatory winter tires from december to end of february, so we are not that cold place. Although, they are supposed to be used also if the weather requires it, which it does quite often outside the mandatory times.