The state announced this week that studded tires will be allowed for longer than usual. In Southeast Alaska, studded tires will be allowed until May 1 instead of April 15. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

The state announced this week that studded tires will be allowed for longer than usual. In Southeast Alaska, studded tires will be allowed until May 1 instead of April 15. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

State extends studded tire deadline

Prolonged wintry weather triggers the change.

  • Juneau Empire
  • Friday, April 9, 2021 1:08pm
  • News

Alaskans can keep studded tires on their cars for longer than usual, Alaska Department of Public Safety announced.

For people living below the 60 North Latitude line —an area that includes Southeast Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak —studded tires can be used until May 1, the safety department said in a news release. Ordinarily, studded tires are prohibited after April 15.

The reason for the extension is snow that continues to fall in much of the state, including Juneau.

“Spring hasn’t fully arrived yet across much of the state with snow and subzero temperatures still forecasted or present along many highways across the state,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jim Cockrell in a news release. “This extension provides drivers with an additional margin of safety on icy or snowy roads through breakup.

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