Hazardous driving conditions are reported across parts of north and central Montana due to snow and wet roads.
The Montana Department of Transportation reported at 7:45 a.m. that there are severe driving conditions on the following roads:
A cold front moved south out of Canada last night, opening the door to much colder air to move down into Montana. At the same time, moisture is spreading over the state, and rain and snow developed overnight. As the colder air moves in, the rain will change over to snow through Wednesday morning. This could result in slick, icy roads in some areas as temperatures drop below freezing during the day on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for parts of central Montana, affecting elevations above 5000 feet. This includes most mountain passes. This warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution if venturing into the higher terrain through Wednesday. Visibility may also be limited at times, making it difficult to view changing conditions on the roads.
The National Weather Service has also issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties, affecting elevations below 5000 feet. This includes Great Falls, Helena, Lewistown, and Cut Bank. The advisory is issued when snow will cause travel difficulties.
STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says these lower elevation areas will receive 1-3 inches of snow through Wednesday. At higher elevations, 5-12" of snow is expected, with a few places picking up as much as 18" of snow.
Colder air will move in for Wednesday and temperatures will drop well below average.
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