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Heavy snow and icy roads have created hazardous driving conditions

Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 11:50:56-04

GREAT FALLS — Heavy snow and icy roads have created hazardous driving conditions across much of the region. Many areas of north-central Montana have received more than a foot of snow since the storm arrived on Friday, and the snow will likely continue falling for much of Saturday.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and northern Lewis & Clark County until 4 PM. Snow and blowing snow will sharply reduce visibility, and travel will be very difficult.

Daytime temperatures on Saturday will be mostly in the teens and single digits, with some spots even below zero. Sub-zero temperatures will be common by Saturday night, with winds chills as cold as -30.

Two people died on Highway 12 between East Helena and Winston on Friday night, The Montana Highway Patrol says that two women in a westbound Buick lost control of their vehicle, due to speed and road conditions. They crossed the center lane of traffic, hitting an eastbound truck. The driver of the truck was checked for minor injuries and released. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

There have been numerous slide-offs and minor collisions, and drivers are encouraged to either delay travel, or use extreme caution if they must drive. Click here for current road conditions.