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Wash allows studded tires a week early

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 OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Transportation Department says it's OK to start using studded tires because heavy snow is forecast for the mountain passes through Tuesday.

The department says that some of the higher Cascades passes such as Chinook or North Cascades could get up to 2 feet of snow.

Normally studded tires aren't allowed until Nov. 1. However, because the tires can damage roadways, the department is asking motorists who aren't driving across the passes to wait a week.