Snow tires deadline extended to April 15

Staff Writer

Update:
Spring is here but the threat of winter overstaying its welcome has forced the Washington State Department of Transportation to extend the studded snow tire deadline to April 15.
This year’s decision was based on long-range forecasts that show the potential for significant weather, including snow that could affect cross-state travel into April.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day on April 15. Starting April 16, drivers with studded tires face a $136 traffic infraction.
Studded tires also damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded as the removal deadline approaches, so please plan accordingly.
WSDOT will not be extending the studded tire deadline this year, but crews will continue to monitor roads, passes, and forecasts and work to clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.
Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. Other states may have later dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

Category: