A topic for me! The last 2 years, we got more than 5m of snow here!
Last winter, I've sell my V70 FWD and change it for a XC70 AWD because with all the traction control system the car have, even with the best winter tires ever made (Nokian Hakka5), the car won't go uphill in my street. Engine cut-off, brakes works and try to stop the spinning wheel, etc. The result was the car don't move, or very slowly, and I was a little bit too slow on the road.
AWD or XC is a better choice if you want a better feeling in snow, but do you get so much snow down there?