It's snow tire season in Maine.

Although Fall has just begun, Mainers are reminded, winter is coming. From October 1, through May 1, snow tires are permitted on Maine roads. Winter tires are not required by law in Maine.

Remember to take them off by May 1. Studded tires wear ruts into the pavement faster than regular tires, hence why the state requires them to be removed by May. Those deep ruts can lead to hazardous road conditions like hydroplaning in the summer months.

Snow tires may be needed late this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting potential snow for northern Maine Thursday into Friday.