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Deputies ready for tough weekend travel conditions

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MISSOULA - These winter conditions have made for a crazy week for area law enforcement, which included one accident that could have been deadly.

Captain David Conway with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office says their department has loaded up with extra patrols in prep for the weekend.

"It’s been a really busy week, it’s been a really, really busy past couple of days. And the roads are getting slick and folks just need to be cautious and slow down," Conway said.

Deputies have been responding to crashes and slide-offs since the first snow fell. But most concerning to their office this week was an accident involving one of their deputies that Conway says could have easily been avoided.

"Of course there’s been recent stories about one of our deputies being hit, if you see emergency lights ahead of you, slow down and move over," Conway said. "They’re there tending to another wreck, so that’s means the roads probably are bad. Slow down and give them some space."

And the work load isn't expected to lighten up for the sheriff's office, or any other area law enforcement.

Conway says what they’re most worried about is when the temperatures drop and the rain that’s currently on the highway turns to ice, leading to even more dangerous conditions.

"It’s going to be a really tough weekend for driving conditions. Really slick roadways," Conway said. "And what we’re expecting more immediately, this afternoon and tonight is for the temperature to drop, and when it does, with all this rain and slush that we have, it’s clearly going to turn to ice."

Conway asks drivers not to drive unless necessary this weekend, and to use extra caution if you must drive.

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