MISSOULA - Earlier this week Northwest Montana was slammed with snow and now the white stuff is piling up in the Mission and Missoula valleys.
Snowfall totals from the National Weather Service included 7" north of Finley Point in Lake County and 6" south of Clinton as of mid-morning on Friday.
The continued snowfall has been causing problems for drivers with numerous crashes and slide-offs reported on Interstate 90 east of Missoula and west of St. Regis. U.S. Highway 93 just north of Lolo has also seen its fair share of accidents.
StormTracker meteorologist Lewis Dortch says most of today's snow will be seen as a cold front will slow down and stall over west-central Montana. Some 3" to 7" is possible in the valleys of north-central Idaho along with west-central and southwest Montana with 6" to 12" possible over the higher terrain.
Friday afternoon, behind the front, the winds will start to pick up. Snow, blowing snow and 35-to-45 mph wind gusts will create very difficult driving as ground blizzard conditions are possible reducing visibility to less than ¼ mile at times.
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