Your not going to have to drive every day, and if it snows you want to be able to move around if need be, but it won't be like no matter what the weather, you have to go to work, right? I think an AWD sedan that is not performance based would be a good compromise. I would be curious as to what the prevalent vehicles are, other than trucks. Been awhile since I have been there.
My parents are retired, and they live way off the beaten path. At least 5 miles of dirt road. When it rains, those roads become the rivers. They have an AWD Expedition if they need to get out, or back in, but 99% of the time they just stay in and let it pass. The number of people out by them that have older cars ONLY is amazing. It is in the low land desert around Phoenix and not snow, but 2 feet of water washing down and out a road is probably as daunting of a driving experience as snow is.
I grew up in a city on Colorado that averaged 40 inches of snow in January and 45 inches in December (about 180 inches overall a year, only 2 months of the year with zero snow, July and August) and chains and snow tires with walnut shells mixed into the tread on a 79 Granada and an 81 Fairmont is what I drove. We didn't have snow days, we could get 3 foot drifts from the 30 mph breezes we constantly had. I also lived in a rural area with a 1/2 mile uphill curving driveway.
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