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Winter makes a hasty arrival in Northwest Montana

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KALISPELL - It's day three of a winter storm in Northwest Montana and while this storm is wrapping up forecasters are tracking another system on the way.

It was no Halloween trick, Northwest Montana's first winter storm of the season has brought more than enough snow to build a snowman. The steady snowfall also brought severe road-conditions.

The Montana Highway Patrol responded to more than 150 crashes and slide-offs since Wednesday morning.

"The most dangerous driving conditions would be black ice. It's extremely slick and you can't even stand up on it," said Justun Juelfs the Maintenance chief of the Kalispell division of the Montana Department of Transportation.

Flathead County Road and Bridge Department brought plow crews in early and are making good progress.

A Winter Storm Warning has been extended through midnight Friday. Plow crews will be on call on Saturday.

Another storm system is expected to move in Sunday bringing more snow making for a another slick morning commute on Monday.

Flathead County Road and Bridge Department say they will be on call over the weekend and if they need to be called in will be ready. That determination is made by them along with the Montana Highway Patrol and Sheriff's Office.

"We'll be out Monday morning at 5:30. Overall this was a good storm for the first of the season," said David Prunty the Public works director of Flathead County. "It's nothing more than what Montana can give us if Mother Nature decides to give you a good storm."

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