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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. 


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. 


Colder weather brings snow to MT high country 

Lost Trail Pass Wednesday morning- IDT photo(MISSOULA)- After several days of "early summer" weather, Montanans are being reminded spring can deliver just about any kind of conditions to the Treasure State. 

Temperatures had climbed to the high 70s, and even topping 80 this past weekend, which is 20-to-30 degrees above normal for this time of the year. 

But a pair of colder systems is changing that outlook for the remainder of the week. Snow levels in the Bitterroot Range had dropped to as low as 4,000 feet Wednesday morning, with snow showers even leaving a fresh coating of white on Lost Trail Pass. 

Rain and gusty winds will be the primary feature in the valleys, with highs falling back into the 40s until another warmup the second half of the weekend. 


Snow "banding" creates challenging driving conditions in Western MT

Dennis Bragg photo(MISSOULA)- Fast moving "bands" of snow are making for challenging driving conditions in Western Montana this week, and reminding residents winter is far from over. 

Since last Friday night, a series of smaller storms have been flying across the west half of the state leaving behind several inches of snowfall. The heaviest snow has been in Northwest Montana where more than a foot of fresh snow has been reported in some areas. 

The rapid snow squalls have also caught many drivers off guard, with conditions rapidly deteriorating in the area of the heaviest snow showers. Montana Highway Patrol and local law enforcement have been dealing with dozens of wrecks, with officers reminding drivers to be on the watch for the rapidly changing conditions. 

More snow showers are expected through Tuesday afternoon. 


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.