UPDATED: Avalanches cause highway closures in western Montana

Interstate 90 westbound was shut down until further notice from St. Regis to the Idaho border due to an avalanche on Friday.

Eastbound traffic was moving, but delays were expected, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. The closure started around 1:48 p.m. So far, no injuries or accidents have been reported. Highway Patrol is not sure when the interstate will reopen.

Closer to Missoula, crews were working to maintain one open lane on Highway 200 outside of Bonner due to a recurring avalanche, according to MHP.

The first avalanche occurred around 1:19 p.m. As crews were working to move the snow out of the road, a second avalanche came down just before 3 p.m. No injuries or accidents have been reported. MHP was unsure of when both lanes would be back open.

Troopers were on scene at both locations providing any assistance possible. To stay up to date, use the Department of Transportation’s interactive map or call 511.

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