Nova Scotia

Early snow-tire removal may slip up traffic

People who rushed out to remove their snow tires when the temperature soared above 20 C last week might have some serious problems Tuesday, with a forecast calling for snow and freezing roads.

Messy weather forecast calls for snow and freezing roads

People who rushed out to remove their snow tires when the temperature soared above 20 C last week might have some serious problems Tuesday, with a forecast calling for snow and freezing roads.

Const. Jim Shields expects a busy morning.

"Perfect conditions for accidents," said Shields.

"You're going to be getting black ice and people are not expecting that. People are already in summer mode. People are not going to be expecting to slide off the road and that's exactly what's going to be happening if we get the temperatures we are expecting."

Shields said those who haven't taken their snow tires off yet should leave them in place at least until the middle of April.

Rob Todd, owner of Major Discount Auto in Lower Sackville, also recommends people keep their tires on.

People have been booking tire changes earlier than ever, he said.

"I think people are getting caught up in our winter being very summer-like, I guess you could call it. It's a winter we haven't had in a long time and people are just seeing this as an opportunity to get their tires off when being in the Maritimes. I think it's a bad move."

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