(MISSOULA)- Today is a perfect example of why studded snow tires are still legal in Montana during the month of May.
A turn to much colder, and wetter weather is giving drivers in some parts of Western Montana a sense of winter deja vu, with several inches of heavy snow blanketing roads this morning.
The heaviest snow has fallen in the Anaconda area, where the National Weather Service reports more than 8-inches of snow has fallen this morning. That also has brought snow to Georgetown Lake and MT-1 where there's snow and ice on the road. On I-90, there's snow and slush on the road from the north end of the Deer Lodge Valley through Butte, and scattered snow and ice over Homestake Pass.
It's also snowing on U.S. 12 from Garrison east over MacDonald Pass.
In there north, many areas are seeing mixed rain and snow this morning. The Montana Department of Transportation was reporting scattered slush on the road from Columbia Falls east to West Glacier, with more slush on the road over Marias Pass.
Light snow had also fallen on Lost Trail Pass and south on the Big Hole Pass. But Lolo and Lookout Pass were snow free.