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

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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