The Washington deadline for removal of studded tires season has been extended through April 16 because forecasts call for possible winter driving conditions through the heavily traveled Easter weekend.
Studded tires are legal in Washington state from Nov. 1 to March 31, unless the state Department of Transportation grants an extension. WSDOT officials don't anticipate any extensions beyond April 16.
"Close to 100 inches of snow came down on Snoqualmie Pass between March 15 and April 15 last year, and drivers can expect to see snow in the mountains well into May," said Chris Christopher, WSDOT director of maintenance operations, in a news release.
Stores will be busy in the days leading up to April 16, Christopher advised.