Posted: Oct 3, 2013 4:06 PM by John Sherer
Updated: Oct 3, 2013 4:06 PM
The winter storm which arrived Thursday morning, continues to buffet the Butte area.
In Elk Park, just north of Butte Thursday afternoon visibility on I-15 was minimal at best. The plows were out but cars and trucks moved slowly and fought through heavy and blowing snow to reach lower elevations where things cleared up quickly.
But up in Elk Park the strong winds and heavy snow made travel tricky. A semi jack-knifed Thursday morning and a van crashed into the ditch and rolled on its side. No one was hurt in either incident. The Department of Transportation rates the road as snow covered and snowing, the attached video shows it's very hard to see while driving there.
Thursday morning high winds also whipped snow on I-15 south of Butte. North of Feeley roads were wet or slightly slushy, but closer to Divide the road was snow covered and visibility was awful. Drivers slowed down and plows worked both lanes in an effort to keep roads clear. You can see how windy it was in this video from the rest area between Butte and Divide.
But while it looked like a blizzard up in Elk Park and south on I-15, not far away, Homestake Pass was completely different. Snow fell lightly and I-90 was wet, not snow covered. Snow blanketed the mountains near the pass, but conditions were far different than north and south of town.