If you are into skiing and winter sports and have a place to store them off season, then I would keep them and use them. Yes, you won't need them day to day in SF, but if you do go skiing several time in Dec/Jan/Feb it might make sense to have winter tires on for those 3 months.
If you work and live in SF proper it would be a rarity to need them. If you are spending anytime in the East Bay your chances are a little higher for use. As MDX said space may be an issue though. Unless you use them for a coffee table in the off season. :mrgreen:
Nope, you won't need winter tires for driving anywhere in the area. If you plan on going skiing in the mountains, then I'd keep them and switch when needed.
I rarely gets below 30 here, and maybe only for 2 weeks out of the year.
BTW, I moved out here from NJ almost 10 years ago and still enjoy living out here. If you're moving from the tri-state area, it's going to take some time to adjust to the slower pace of life out here.
I recommend the full winter setup...from my experience they drive fine in the city but are a godsend in the snow. I've been doing the Winter the full summer swap for years now. If you have space to hold the tires, I'd do it, but space is hard to come by in the city.
I go up every moment I can so I drive with Winters around SF from November to June usually. If you are into backcountry skiing, the high mountain passes like Sonora or Tioga will open end of April - July 4 (depending if a big snow year), and they may come in handy...just helps me sleep at night to keep the winters on.
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