How important are AWD & 4×4 in snow?

I live in a winter snow area. I’m shopping for a used car.
It’s mainly for highway commuting with no off-road stuff.
I’m thinking about an AWD sedan or an AWD/4×4 small SUV.
Is AWD or 4×4 that helpful for winter driving or will a front wheel drive sedan with 4 snow tires get the job done?

I would not recommend it. Instead, purchase a good set of snow tires and see if studs are legal in your area.
AWD & 4×4 help you get going but don’t aid in stopping. They’re a false sense of security.
I have Fire & Rescue experience pulling people out of vehicles going to fast in bad conditions.

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