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Monday
Mar032014

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. 

Monday
Feb172014

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. 

Tuesday
Dec032013

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. 

Monday
Dec022013

Pass driving impacted by new storm 

(MISSOULA)- A strong storm system pushing across the Northern Rockies is bringing snow and some severe driving conditions to some of Western Montana's mountain passes this afternoon. 

Although snow began falling as early as Saturday evening, most of the passes had only seen light amounts of snow until Monday morning. However, those conditions are beginning to change. 

U.S. 93 over Lost Trail Pass has seen the most snow by mid-day Monday, with snow and ice on the road and chains required on towing units, a restriction that went into effect Sunday evening. The same also applies to Chief Joseph Pass to the east. To the north, snow is also falling on 93 north of Kalispell to the Canadian border. 

US-2 is also receiving snow from Happy's Inn to Marion, with scattered slush to Kila. Snow is also falling from West Glacier east over Marias Pass, with blowing snow, high winds and reduced visibility from the pass east to Browning. 

Drivers are only running into wet roads on MT 200 in the Lower Clark Fork Valley. But east of Missoula, in the Upper Blackfoot Valley, the road is snow covered, with blowing and drifting snow over Rogers Pass east to Simms. 

MDT reports slush and snow on I-90 over Lookout Pass, but for the most part the east-west route across the state was in good condition at mid-day, with some additional snow falling near Deer Lodge. I-15 was clear, except for north of Great Falls where there is blowing and drifting snow.

Icy conditions are expected to develop overnight as temperatures drop. 

Thursday
Sep262013

Road conditions improve after snowy start

Monida Pass, other areas hit with snow Thursday morning(MISSOULA)- Montana drivers got a first taste of winter in some parts of the state this morning, as a strong storm system brought several inches of snow to the high country. 

At one point, Interstate 90 over Homestake Pass was closed to eastbound traffic for several hours after heavy snow created very hazardous driving conditions east of Butte. Chains were also required for towing units over Cardwell Hill. The freeway re-opened by early this morning but travelers were still dealing with snow and ice.

U.S. 12 over MacDonald Pass was also winter-like Thursday morning, with snow from Avon east over the pass and chains required for towing units. Snow also impacted travel on I-15 over Monida Pass, and north from Glen to north of Butte. 

Other secondary roads in the Big Hole and Madison Valleys, over Lost Trail Pass and south into Salmon, Idaho were also snow-covered this morning. 

Conditions were improving across the region as temperatures climbed through mid-morning, as some locations were still receiving snow and had slush on the roads.