Montana News

Nov 9, 2012 12:21 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Winter storm causes havoc on Montana roads

Winter storm conditions caused havoc across Montana roads on Thursday

Chains are now required for any towing vehicles traveling over major mountain passes.

Folks driving along I-15 north of Helena ran into trouble on Thursday as several semis jack-knifed, forcing the southbound lane of I-15 to shut down for a short time.

The incidents prompted snowplow drivers to repeatedly hit the North Hill, where semis began pulling over to chain up.

Dozens of vehicles were stranded, including the tow truck that was sent to help.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Montana Department of Transportation issued this statement on Friday at 10 a.m.

Current road conditions are snow-packed and icy with blowing and drifting snow for the following:

MT-80, From 3 miles north of the Jct. w/ MT-81 w/Geraldine w/ Fort Benton

S-223, From the Jct. w/US-87 to the Liberty County Line

US-87N, From the Cascade/Choteau County Line to Carter

US-87N, From Carter to Loma

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