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HELENA — A snowstorm dumped heavy snow and caused hazardous driving conditions across central and eastern Montana.

National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Walsh said Billings had received up to 10 inches by Monday with an inch or two more expected through Tuesday. So far this season, Montana's largest city has received 52 inches of snow — almost equaling its 55-inch annual average.

On the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, the small town of Busby received two feet of snow.

Major highways remained open, but long stretches of Interstates 15, 90 and 94 were slick with snow and ice.

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Avalanche warnings were posted for the mountains of west-central Montana and the Gallatin National Forest near Cooke City.

Another storm system was expected to hit the state later this week.

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