- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The winter storm that moved through Montana Sunday and Monday continued to cause trouble on Tuesday.

An avalanche temporarily closed U.S. Highway 2 about 10 miles west of Essex shortly after 5 a.m. Department of Transportation maintenance chief Gary Engman says 3 to 5 feet of snow covered the road, which was cleared by 8 a.m.

Engman says a BNSF Railway service truck was passing through the area at the time of the slide, but the driver wasn’t injured.

The avalanche danger remained high Tuesday in mountain ranges across western and in southwestern Montana.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Tuesday evening for northern and central Montana.



Freezing rain fell overnight in the Kalispell area leading to a second day of school cancellations. Schools also were closed on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation southeast of Billings.

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