Bridges in Great Falls are beginning to ice over as temperatures drop.
Several crashes have been reported near/on bridges; none have resulted in serious injuries, to the best of our knowledge, at this point.
We have received several reports that the 10th Avenue South bridge (Warden Bridge) is temporarily closed to west-bound traffic as emergency crews work to clear at least one crash.
Dozens of crashes and slide-offs were reported across the state throughout the day.
Lower elevation areas received between 1 and 4 inches of snow on Wednesday; At higher elevations, between 5 and 12" of snow has been reported.
As temperatures drop into the 10s and 20s overnight, road conditions are likely to get worse. Any standing water will freeze and icy conditions are likely for the Thursday morning commute.
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The STORMTracker Weather Team is tracking another round of snow on the way and it's expected to bring more significant snow to some areas heading into the weekend.
As low pressure develops along the West Coast and moves into the Northern Rockies, widespread snow will begin to fall across Montana.
The snow is expected to begin late Thursday and continue off and on through Saturday. This prolonged snow event will result in some hefty snow totals for some parts of the state.
Meteorologist Mike Rawlins is calling for an additional 1-2 feet of snow for the mountains during this period, with an additional 3-8" of snow for lower elevations. Anyone planning to hit the roads through Saturday should be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially in the mountains.