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Montana Road Conditions (Thu Jan 14) - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Montana Road Conditions (Thu Jan 14)

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MacDonald Pass west of Helena on Thursday afternoon MacDonald Pass west of Helena on Thursday afternoon
GREAT FALLS -

Driving conditions across parts of Montana are hazardous due to wintry conditions and light snowfall.

There have been numerous reports to the Montana Highway Patrol of crashes and slide-offs.

The Montana Department of Transportation has several tools to track current road conditions:

Click here for current Montana road conditions
Click here for an interactive map

Click here for the mobile app

Winter weather resources from KRTV:

Live Interactive Radar
MTN Eyecam Network
STORMTracker Weather on Facebook
STORMTracker Weather on Twitter

Here is information from the Montana Department of Transportation about winter driving safety:

Winter Driving Checklist

- Allow extra time to get to your destination.

- Clean off your car. Keep windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.

- Always buckle up.

- Slow down in poor visibility conditions.

- Maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles.

- Expect ice on bridges and in shady spots.

- Don't pass snowplows or spreaders unless it's absolutely necessary.

- Prepare your vehicle for winter driving at the start of the season.

- Check to be sure all four tires are in good condition.

- Keep an emergency travel kit in your car.

Snow Plows

- Our snowplows are on the road for your safety. When you encounter a snowplow, remember:

- Plows travel slowly, usually 25-30 miles per hour. If you have to pass, keep in mind the snowplow driver may have a difficult time seeing you, especially while clearing the road ahead.

- Never pass a plow on the right. Some snowplows are equipped with a wing plow-an eight foot extension off the right side of the truck.

- Plows aren't just removing snow. They may also be spreading sand or deicer on the road. Maintain a safe distance behind the snowplow to avoid being sprayed.

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