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Uncertain future for old Libby High School after roof collapse

Byron Sanderson shared this photo of the collapsed roof on Facebook(LIBBY)- It's unknown what will happen to the old Libby High School building after heavy snow from the recent storms caused a major portion of the structure's roof to collapse. 

The building, which was sold to a private investment group about a decade ago, is in the heart of Libby, and had been used for a variety of classes before the school district vacated the property. 

This week, the heavy snow load caused a large area of the upstairs roof at the front of the building to collapse, leaving a massive hole behind. 


Another shot of cold for Montana

Glacier National Park from the Apgar Lookout Wednesday morning, where temps were already below zero(MISSOULA)- After several inches of new snow fell across the region Tuesday, it's back to cold, with some sub-zero readings for Montana. 

A vigorous Pacific system, combined with colder Arctic air east of Divide brought heavy snow to Western and Southwestern Montana again this week. Some valleys, like the Bitterroot, received an additional 8-10" of snow, coming on top of the already significant snow that's been on the ground since shortly after Thanksgiving. 

Some of the mountain locations, especially in the southwest, received another 2-3 feet of snow, once more bringing concerns of avalanches. 

However, the main weather feature the next couple of days will be cold, complicated by wind. Standing air temps are expected to drop below zero in many areas, and feel much colder in some spots when combined with wind chill. 

Another shot of snow is expected Friday before conditions moderate with a mix of snow and rain for the weekend. 


Snow showers persist across Montana

View from Glacier National Park this morning (MISSOULA)- Although winter continues its grip on the Treasure State, conditions are proving to be a lot calmer, and warmer that much of the season so far. 

The National Weather Service was reporting scattered snow across the region again Tuesday morning, with most of the concentrated snow over parts of Southwest Montana. Drivers were encountering new snow, with some areas of blowing and drifting snow, on Monida Pass, Bozeman Pass and other main highways this morning. 

However, only light snow showers were hitting much of Western Central and Northwest Montana and accumulations are expected to continue to be light through today and into Wednesday.

Best of all, temperatures have moderated. Most areas will see highs continue in the mid 20s to low 30s over the next several days, with the coldest lows hitting the single digits, especially later in the week. 


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. 


Heavy rains pounding Northwest Montana

Stormy conditions in Glacier today- view from GNP webcam at Many Glacier (WEST GLACIER)- Heavy rains are expected to continue across Northwest Montana today, coming on top of the several inches of rain that fell in and around Glacier National Park over the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Missoula reports the West Glacier region has received 3-to-4 inches of rain in the past 48-hours leading up to Monday morning. And more heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the day, raising the chance for localized flooding.

In addition, gusty winds are possible over the higher elevations. A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect Monday morning above 5500' in Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and other areas along the Northern Continental Divide where several more inches of snow are expected to fall today.