It will give you traction on ice, but it will not be better than all-season tire in snow... maybe it'll be worst.You can always get that tire sock thing that gives traction in rare times you need it. Sounds like it's just your drive way you are needing it.
Go with the Altimax Arctics. Consumer Reports rated them second only to Michelin X-Ice X2 (?) which cost almost twice as much. Put them on my wife's Elantra and they worked so well we hardly got any snow last winter here in Toronto.Yea I heard Buffalo was getting hit....Good luck...not looking forward to that...We were supposed to get 4-6 but luckily it stayed over the lake....Was actually looking at tires today...It's coming down to the Hankook Ipike or the General Altimax Arctics...Need help in deciding the winner!