Drivers in Washington state can keep studded tires on their vehicles until April 16 this year, the state Department of Transportation has decided.
Under law, studded tires are legal from Nov. 1 to March 31, but WSDOT sometimes extends the deadline to remove them if snowy conditions are forecast.
“This year, we have a combination of winter weather still in the forecast for much of the state,” said Chris Christoper, WSDOT director of maintenance operations. ”
WSDOT does not expect to extend the deadline beyond April 16, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
Christopher said drivers who don’t expect to be driving in snow before then would be wise to take off their studded tires before the deadline, saying businesses that remove them will likely be extremely busy as the deadline approaches.