The most popular winter tire around here (Maine) seems to be the Arctic Claw TXI. They go under a ton of different brands under the TBC corp. As far as I can tell there available from: Multi-Mile, Cardovan, Sigma, Vanderbilt, and possibly Cooper.
But anyway, there cheap, have very deep lugs, studdable, and great in the snow. I'm prob going to go with them for my t-bird this winter. I've had them on many of my throw away fwd winter cars and never got stuck. I don't remember if they were noisy though. They look similar to the Cooper Weather-Master S/T 2's.
1995 T-bird 4.6l - Eibach lowering springs, Cobra R hood, One 12" sub woofer, Alpine type-R front speakers. 16.249 @85.11mph 1/4 mile
2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 - Cam, headers, HPtuned by me.