The Washington State Department of Transportation says they’re giving you a pass this year- it’s OK to start using studded tires now even though they normally aren’t allowed until Nov. 1.

That’s because the season’s first snow is falling in the Cascade and Olympic mountains. The department says that some of the higher Cascades passes such as Chinook or North Cascades could get up to 2 feet of snow.

However, if you’re not driving across passes, the WSDOT asks that you wait another week to put studs on your car.

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