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Icy Roads

Traffic backs up on I-90 near South 27th Street after a semi-tractor trailer and other vehicles slid off the roadway.

More than a dozen crashes and slide-offs were reported Monday morning in Billings and along Interstate 90, including a collision between a semi truck and a pickup that temporarily halted westbound traffic at the South 27th Street exit.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Keith Edgell said. A brief period of freezing rain during Sunday night's winter storm dropped a layer of ice on the interstate and other roads around Billings, Edgell added.

Multiple crashes were reported along I-90 from the Zoo Drive exit east to the Crow Reservation boundary, which remained largely ice-covered Monday morning, according to MDT's road report.

Driving conditions throughout the area had improved somewhat by early afternoon, but snow continued to accumulate into the evening.

Snow totals between Saturday and Monday ranged from 7 to 12 inches at various measuring points across Yellowstone County, while one location near Roundup recorded 22 inches and a location near Busby hit 24 inches, according to the National Weather Service. 

Billings will likely get a respite from major snowfall for a few days, but another storm could be on the way. 

A weather service forecast said that "significant snow and cold" are likely as the weekend approaches, though it's too early for specifics. A cold front is projected to push down from the north, bringing colder temperatures and snow.  

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Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.