(MISSOULA)- Western Montana drivers are coping well with the latest storm, which has left the heaviest snowfall of the season so far this year in the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys.
The storm moved in from the southwest Wednesday evening as snow spread north from the Bitterrroot. By this morning, even valley locations were reporting upwards of 5-to-6 inches of snow. Snow also spread across Northwest Montana as the morning progressed.
That made the morning commute a challenge, with most roads snow packed, and side streets and roads obstructed with several inches of loose snow. However, since this isn't the first snow we've seen this month, most drivers were doing a good job of slowing down and getting around.
Portions of I-90, U-S 93 and Highway 200 were plagued with stretches of blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility.
Snow was heavy on both sides of the Divide, with Helena expecting up to 10" before the storm passes.
Road conditions are expected to improve throughout the day, as snowfall tapers off. But the snow will be replaced by bitterly cold temperatures, with lows into double digit sub-zero readings through Saturday morning.