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Snow bringing slick roads to Western Montana

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 14:06:03-04

MISSOULA — Drivers are dealing with slick roads across much of the area as the snow continues to fall.

The Montana Department of Transportation is reporting spinout accidents on US Highway 93 North in the Evaro Hill area.

Additionally, a one-vehicle accident was being reported on Interstate 90 near the Saltese exit in Mineral County.

Drivers have been dealing with snow building up on the passes with Lookout, Lolo and Lost Trail all seeing snow on the roads.

Slick driving conditions are also being reported on Bozeman Pass and in the Great Falls area.

MDT was reporting numerous slide-offs and accidents on I-90 between Bozeman and Belgrade as of 11:30 a.m.

MDT was also reporting a truck slide-off that’s blocking Montana Secondary 271 north of Drummond.

Snow was being reported on most of the major roads in Flathead and Lincoln counties -- as well as in northern Lake County.

The National Weather Service reports a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Flathead, Mission, and Seeley-Swan valleys and for the Highway 200 corridor east of the Missoula.

Preliminary snow reports as of mid-day on Monday show 2" had fallen the Columbia Falls area while the Bigfork and Creston areas had seen over 1" of snow.

Approximatley 1" of snow was also being reported near Eureaka in Lincoln County.

StormTracker Meteorologist Russ Thomas there's a good chance for slick roads during the day on Monday, with the possibility of roads freezing overnight.

The mountain passes are expected to receive several inches of snow with this system, meaning passes will be slick as you might expect.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Wind Chill Advisory beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday.

Arctic air is expected to spill over the Divide driving morning lows into the single digits Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to Thomas.

Flathead Lake State Park has announced that "due to the current wave forecast, the West Shore and Big Arm docks will be pulled today."