(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.