Warning for WA. drivers: Winter weather approaches – be prepared!
Washington Drivers Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather
From the Columbia Basin Herald via The Chronicle:
Drivers can start installing studded tires on vehicles Nov. 1. The Washington State Department of Transportation said in a press release that studded tires are legal through March 31.
All-weather tires without studs are legal year-round.
Drivers should start preparing for bad weather before the snow starts to pile up, the press release said. Department of Transportation Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin wrote in the press release that WSDOT crews are prepared for winter conditions, but that drivers need to be ready also.
“Most pass closures are due to preventable spin outs or crashes from vehicles driven too fast, or not having proper equipment,” he wrote.
Department of Transportation officials recommend that drivers check weather conditions before they leave, the press release said. The information is available on the WSDOT website, www.wsdot.com.
Drivers should prepare their vehicles for winter, and plan extra time for the trip, especially if they’re crossing mountain passes. The DOT uses two radio stations, 530 AM and 1610 AM, to update drivers on current traffic information. People also can find information on WSDOT social media; the agency has a downloadable app for phones.
A separate text thread is available for up-to-date information on Snoqualmie Pass. People can text 468311 with the words “WSDOT Snoqualmie.”