Motorists, remember: studded tires must be removed next week, no later than March 31, in Washington and Oregon.
That’s barring any last-minute extension, which sometimes happens when late-season winter storms arrive.
Drivers who continue to drive with studded tires beyond the deadline risk a $124 fine in Washington and up to $200 south of the Columbia.
Last winter was so warm and dry, studs were a moot point. This winter has seen much more snowfall – thankfully so, for crops and crisp lawns. The Department of Agriculture reported on March 20 that most of Washington has above-average snowpack, with Spirit Lake and Sentinel Butte at more than 200% of normal.
Oregon appears to be a bit drier with watersheds near Santiam Junction and Ukiah below normal, but ample moisture has collected in the south Cascades.
The extended forecast for the Washington and Oregon Cascades calls for daytime temperatures above freezing over the next 10 days, with highs on March 31 ranging from the upper 40s to the low 50s.