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Flathead County plow crews prepare for winter storm

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KALISPELL - Plow crews in Flathead County just finished clearing the roads from the last winter storm, but now a new storm is expected to drop more snow on the Flathead and Mission valleys.

Marias Pass could see up to 10 inches while the valleys could see one to three inches through Friday. 

"This one, while it does look like it could be a little bit warmer storm, maybe a little more moisture in the snow, in the mid-20's high-20's, that could make for some pretty wet heavy snow," said Flathead County Public Works Director David Prunty. "But we'll be much better than what we went through over the New Year's holiday with the wind." 

Prunty says while that storm brought school closures due to impassable roads, this storm is less likely to cause such headaches.

"Snowfall without the wind is a lot easier to handle and we don't have as many issues for closures or people getting stuck nearly as bad in drifting snow," Prunty said.

Prunty says melts like the one we're seeing are helpful.

"What we've been doing with these warmer temperatures is cleaning up the paved roads from the last storm, and they're in good shape now. We've scraped it off. Mother Nature has melted it for us," Prunty said.

And with Mother Nature expected to bring snow to the region, Prunty says the community's patience is appreciated as plows work to clear it off the roads.

"Give the plows, give the motor graters some time. It will help out for us to get things cleaned up and as safe for all of the traveling public as we can do," Prunty said.

Prunty says plow crews plan to come in early at 5:30 a.m. if needed. 

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