Studded tires: still OK in WA, not in OR

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 5 at 7:33 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Transportation Department officials say studded tires are OK for one more week — through April 14 — due to continued wintry forecasts. Oregon Transportation Department officials say their state's drivers had better have those studs off by Tuesday.

Washington's extension is the second one-week reprieve. Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 until March 31, unless the deadline is extended. State officials say forecasts call for continued winter driving conditions across Washington mountain passes and in higher elevation areas of Eastern Washington.

Oregon officials say that state's forecasts don't warrant further extension of the deadline. They suggest travelers use traction tires or chains if needed — or stay home until conditions improve.

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