SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The snow started falling early Wednesday in the high country and the traction law was put into effect on Interstate 70. Drivers got the message about the snow that’s on the way and spent the day getting ready for the wintry weather.

There were long lines at tire shops all over the high country on Wednesday.

Snow tires getting put on Jim Lay's son's Jeep (credit: CBS)

Snow tires getting put on Jim Lay’s son’s Jeep (credit: CBS)

“I’m here to get studs, studded snow tires on my son’s Jeep. It’s better for ice and just all the conditions,” Eagle resident Jim Lay said. “It’s going to be a busy winter, and whenever it starts to snow like this it gets nuts. It gets nuts because people don’t really take the time to do it until they need to do it.”

The traction law, which used to be called the chain law, went into effect from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels. Not only do commercial trucks need to use chains, regular commuters are required to have tires that have enough tread.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had crews out in full force preparing for the coming snow.