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Studded tires must be off by Wednesday night

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Owners of studded tires need to have them off their cars by Wednesday night or they could a ticket from Washington State Patrol troopers setting them back $124.

Studded tires did not make much of a difference this winter because of  the mild weather. The Washington State Department of Transportation says that is generally why they don't recommend them for drivers in the Northwest.

Meagan McFadden is with WSDOT Communications and she hopes this annual deadline will serve as a reminder to consider other options next season.

"DOT would like to recommend that people try and shy away from the studded tires," she said. "We have found out it does cause about $18.2 million in damage to our roadways."

McFadden suggests you talk to your tire dealer about what tire is best for your car and where you typically travel. Studded tires work well in compact snow and ice, a condition not seen often in this part of the country.

Even with the upcoming deadline, it is still possible to run into a storm up in the mountains.  DOT staff say you still need to check pass reports before you travel.

You can find the latest conditions here in the "Weather" section.