Studded tires allowed on Washington passes

Drivers in Washington may use studded tires now because of snowy mountain weather, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The state usually requires drivers to wait until Nov. 1. However, if drivers are not crossing mountain passes, the state requests they wait until then to install studded tires.

On Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass, 2 to 4 inches of wet snow or slush were expected to fall by later to today. Stevens Pass on Highway 2 could have up to 15 inches of snow before Wednesday and White Pass on Highway 12 could have a foot of snow.

Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and the North Cascades on Highway 20 each could receive close to two feet of snow. The weather should be warmer and drier Wednesday.