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Flash Flood Watch issued August 21 at 9:43PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON...CHIWAUKUM...LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK... DUNCAN...MILLS

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Studs grind away

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If you haven’t switched out your studded snow tires, you are late. The deadline was April 1. Of course, that deadline is too late to avoid the $17.8 million to $124 million in damage that studded tires inflict on Washington highways ... every year. You can stand on any busy street corner in mid-winter and hear them grinding on the iceless pavement. You can see the result.

This has been a long-standing issue, because technology has made studded tires increasingly pointless, and the deteriorating state of our highways makes their destruction all the more costly. Bills in the Legislature to require a studded tire license fee to offset this expense, although more than fair, go nowhere. There is a brief hearing in the Transportation Committee before they are forgotten. The emotional attachment to steel spikes is strong.

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