I have used Nokia Hakkappellitta 1's and 10's studded. Even though they noisy on pavement they are the best, but won't be available for much longer.
Since you live on the West Coast most of the snow you will experience are wet and slushy conditions.
If you try an ice type winter tire like the Hakkappellitta Q, Toyo Observe 2, Bridgestone Blizzaks or similar they are quiter on pavement but will not give you the same grip on your type of snow conditions.
I live on Vancouver Island but travel quite a bit into the interior and will be picking up a set of either Hakkappellitta 2's or Hakkappellitta AW's. The latter are the lattest on the Canadian market and are the best all around tire, all weather - great in the rain and snow, with 100,000 km rating.
Try Kal Tire, Western Canada Nokia dealer.
1996 E36 M44 318i 5sp LSD