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Snowstorm closes schools, snarls traffic in Montana

January 23, 2019

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — An overnight storm that dumped snow across large parts of Montana has snarled traffic and closed schools in the northwestern part of the state.

The Daily Inter Lake reports schools in Whitefish, Bigfork and Swan River were closed Wednesday after 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) of snow fell in the Flathead Valley.

Much of western, central and southern Montana was under a winter storm warning or advisory and heavy snow is expected to fall until early Thursday morning.

The weather also created hazardous driving conditions. Tractor-trailers slid off snow-and-ice covered U.S. Highway 93 and Montana Highway 35, partially closing those roadways.

The wind blew over a tractor trailer on Interstate 90 east of Livingston on Wednesday morning, blocking westbound traffic.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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