Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:29 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Jan 10, 2013 6:01 PM
BUTTE - The Butte area woke up to snow this morning, and luckily, driving conditions haven't caused a string of car crashes.
The Montana Highway Patrol website shows the majority of car crashes occurred in the Helena area this morning.
At around 10:30 a.m., a semi jack-knifed in Jefferson County while driving on Interstate 15.
Road crews have been busy plowing Butte city streets and throwing down sand to improve driving conditions but roads still appear snow packed this evening.
The Montana Department of Transportation will continue to de-ice major routes. When temperatures drop to around 15 degrees, they may switch to sand to prevent de-icer from freezing.
The Montana Department of Transportation has employees plowing roads in full force in the Butte area.
MDT has snow plow drivers set up in three shifts, starting at 7 a.m. and running through to midnight. If conditions continue to be snowy, snow plow drivers will also work around the clock.
There are also temporary employees that can be called into work in a snow storm like the one we are seeing today.
MDT crews are clearing the interstate, secondary highways and even some city streets.