Drivers must remove studded tires by Monday in OR, WA

PORTLAND, Ore. - Studded tire season is coming to an end.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says motorists must remove them by Monday, March 31. ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season due to the current weather forecast.

The metal studs that come in handy on icy roads are legal in Oregon from Nov. 1 through March 31.

But ODOT says the annual road damage from the rut-making studs is estimated at $40 million.

Drivers in Washington also have until Monday to remove studded tires.

Studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31.

Highway officials say drivers who travel mountain pass highways should check forecasts ahead of time and be prepared for possible winter travel conditions since "short-term snow events" can occur well into May.

Driving with studs after March 31 is a traffic infraction in Washington and could result in a $124 ticket.