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Montana buried under latest storm

(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. 


Another round of snow hitting Montana

A jackknifed truck on Lookout Pass this morning- IDT webcam photo(MISSOULA)- The snow totals aren't as impressive as they were with a storm that swept across much of the Treasure State earlier, but drivers are coping with snowy driving again today. 

A strong storm swept out of Southeastern British Columbia late last night, bringing steady snow showers to Northwest Montana, gradually spreading south and east through the morning hours. 

Montana Department of Transportation reported most roads, including the main east-west use Interstate 90, were seeing new snow this morning, with snowy and icy conditions. Snow totals have been minimal to moderate in the mountain passes and higher elevations.

The National Weather Service is expecting snow to taper off later today, with temperatures in many areas plunging deep into the teens, and even upper single digits. Another system with mixed rain and snow, or even freezing rain, could create some travel problems Friday. 


Freezing rain, new storm causing new problems on MT roads

Lost Trail Pass Monday morning- IDT photo(MISSOULA)- With warm air from the southwest pushing into the Northern Rockies, drivers are running into a new problem in some areas of Montana this morning, as freezing rain starts to complicate the already slick driving conditions. 

Freezing rain started to push into the southern Bitterroot Valley as soon as Sunday afternoon, coating roads with a sheen of ice. This morning, Lolo Pass and Lost Trail Pass are both very slick, with freezing rain and a mix of snow making the highways icy. 

In Missoula, the forecast calls for freezing rain as conditions start to transition over to warmer weather. 

Freezing rain was also causing problems in the Lower Clark Fork Valley. MDT was reporting severe driving conditions this morning on Lookout Pass, where heavy snow showers were slowing traffic with chains required on towing units. 

Passes over the Divide were impacted by more blowing and drifting snow, with snow and ice on the road. 


More snow bringing poor driving conditions to Montana

Rough driving conditions over Marias Pass today- view from MDT webcam at Essex(MISSOULA)- Another stormy day in the Northern Rockies made it a tough time for driving across Montana this afternoon, especially in areas where the snow is not only falling, it's blowing. 

Some of the worst driving conditions are along the Northern Rocky Mountain Front where a blizzard warning remains in place this afternoon. The Montana Department of Transportation reports blowing and drifting snow in the region around Browning and East Glacier with limited visibility and icy roads over Marias Pass. Highway 89 is completely closed again from Kiowa Junction over the Hudson Bay Divide to St. Mary. 

Further west, U.S. 2 was receiving snowfall from Marias Pass through the Flathead all the way west to Troy and the Montana border. 

MT 200 was also snow-covered from Trout Creek east almost to Plains. East of Missoula, there's more snow in the Upper Blackfoot Valley with high winds and scattered snow and ice over Rogers Pass. Two cars were caught in a head-on crash near Potomac Monday evening, with one car catching fire and forcing MDT to close the road. 

Through traffic on I-90 is also facing a rough travel day. MDT reports snow-covered roads over Lookout Pass with chains required on all towing units. High winds are reported around Butte all the way east to Reedpoint, with blowing and drifting snow east of Bozeman. Chains were also required for trucks crossing Lolo Pass. 

Traffic over I-15 is also facing blowing and drifting snow over Monida Pass with blowing and drifting snow from north of Dillon to Butte. 

Snow should taper off in many areas later tonight. 


Roads improving in Western MT

Skies cleared over Lolo Pass Tuesday morning- IDT webcam(MISSOULA)- While driving conditions along the Divide passes and in Eastern Montana continue to be a challenge this morning, roads are starting to improve as skies clear in the western half of the Treasure State. 

After a major winter storm blew through Western Montana Monday, drivers were confronted with slick conditions and varied amounts of snowfall across the region. Most of the major snow hit Northwest Montana, where emergency crews were kept busy with a series of accidents Monday afternoon and evening. 

However, as of Tuesday morning, conditions were beginning to improve on the far western passes along the border. Lookout, Lost Trail and Lolo Pass were all under clearing skies by late morning, although roads remained snow covered with icy spots. I-90 had snow east to St. Regis, with areas of scattered snow and ice east to Butte. Conditions worsen over Homestake and Bozeman passes, with areas of blowing and drifting snow. 

In the southwest, drivers over Monida Pass were encountering blowing and drifting snow, with reduced visibility north to Dillon. Blowing and drifting snow remains a problem on I-15 from Helena north to Great Falls and the border. 

Some snow was still falling in Northwest Montana late this morning, especially along the Continental Divide. Montana Department of Transportation reported areas of blowing and drifting snow on Marias Pass and from East Glacier out to Browning. Other highways in the Flathead and Mission valleys have scattered snow and ice. 

The Upper Blackfoot Valley was also seeing continued snow showers, with blowing and drifting snow on MT-200 over Rogers Pass and east of the Divide. The highway had some scattered snow and ice west through the Lower Clark Fork Valley. 

In the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys the sun and deicer was helping to melt off the snow on the main streets and highways, but side roads and streets are expected to remain covered with scattered snow and ice for the next several days.