Yeah, VA + Snow = extended vacation. Well at least in Richmond it does.
Not that it should sway your decision much, but Acuras are scattered all over the most stolen vehicle list. Granted those are all older integras, but it's only a matter of time before the RSX gets on there too.
If you are interested in an AT WRX, the first thing you need to do is get a catless uppipe installed. It removes a huge amount of lag, and makes turning left across multiple lanes of traffic less scary. Or if you could push your spending envelope (OK completely break your budget) you could look into the new 2006 WRX luxury version (too lazy to look up the correct moniker) that comes with leather, and other luxuries to get the best of both worlds. And the larger engine will have less (or nonexistent) lag with the AT.