You will be fine. I have gone through 5 winters in one of the snowiest areas of southern ontarios snowbelt without a single problem ever. I have an AEM cai and it sits about 4 inchs off of the ground and i have a 2 inch drop. Sometimes i plow through snowbanks so high the snow is up around the bottom of my headlights and no probs. i have no shiled or anything on the cai either.