WSDOT reminds drivers to remove studded tires

WSDOT officials remind drivers it’s time to remove studded tires.

In Washington, studded tires are legal Nov. 1 – Mar. 31. Washington State Patrol troopers enforce a $124 fine for those who use studded tires after the deadline.

Long-term weather forecasts call for typical late March and early April conditions, with snow possible in the higher elevations. Forecasts do not show the potential for strong statewide snow or ice storms at lower elevations.

No one can guarantee ice and snow-free roadways, so drivers are encouraged — especially those heading into the higher elevations — to plan ahead and drive for conditions.

Ways to prepare for winter driving, winter driving tips, and more about WSDOT’s winter roadway operations, snow and ice removal and avalanche control can be found at its Winter Driving Web site,

WSDOT advises drivers to know before you go:

* Get information before you leave about traffic and roadway conditions, including the mountain passes, on our Web site at

* 511 – This driver information phone line provides current traffic, incident and closure information. TTY users can call 1-800-833-6388. Out-of-state callers can access the information at 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).

* Sign up for and follow WSDOT news at There you can sign up for WSDOT E-mail alerts, Twitter feeds, read the blog and see WSDOT photos on Flickr.

Know On the Road:

* Overhead and roadside electronic signs

* Highway advisory radio – WSDOT advises drivers to program 530AM and 1610AM on your radio.