A cold front through the Plains brought the first few inches of snow across swaths of Montana earlier this week, and emergency crews have responded to more than 440 crashes on the state’s roads since Monday.
By Thursday afternoon, according to data from Montana Highway Patrol, there were 440 crashes in Montana. Of those, four were fatal with two deadly crashes in Yellowstone County and two in Flathead County. The mounting number of crashes typically accompanies the first major snowfall of the season, MHP Sgt. Jay Nelson told the Gazette.
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“I would say, working the last 24 years with MHP, that this is very comparable to years before,” he said.
Winter storm warnings and weather watches from the National Weather Service were issued in counties throughout the western and central portions of Montana earlier this week. On Monday, the Missoula Police Department suggested travel for only emergency vehicles as a snow squall brought especially icy conditions. In Billings on Tuesday, the Billings Police Department enacted its slick streets policy, responding only to accidents with injuries, DUIs and wrecks that were blocking