Winter hangs on, studded tires still must come off - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Winter hangs on, studded tires still must come off

SPOKANE, Wash. - March is going out like a lion with snow and ice in the mountains and much of Eastern Washington, but state officials are sticking to a Wednesday deadline for removing studded tires statewide.

State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste warns that the sound of studs grinding on pavement makes it easy to enforce the ban. Batiste calls it " the sound of damage being done to our roads." Violators face a $124 fine. Tuesday is the last day studded tires can be used.

For now, they are still much appreciated in parts of the state.

Heavy snow fell over the weekend in the Cascades, and roads in the Palouse were treacherous Sunday morning because of snow, ice and wind. A 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 195 south of Pullman was closed for three hours because of jackknifed trucks and cars sliding off the road.

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