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A Washington Department of Transportation worker clears drains as drivers move through the snow on December 20, in Seattle, Washington.
A Washington Department of Transportation worker clears drains as drivers move through the snow on December 20, in Seattle, Washington. (Karen Ducey/Seattle Times/AP)

Officials in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado warned drivers of road closures and extreme driving conditions Thursday morning as piles of snow and dropping temperatures wreaked havoc on the roads.

In Montana, State transport ministry warning about traffic hazards and abandoned vehicles statewide. Drivers were in particular trouble outside of Bozeman on Interstate 90, where the temperature was -33 degrees.

Officials also reported a series of hazards and incidents near the small town of Glendive in eastern Montana. At the intersection of several highways there, the temperature was -21 degrees, according to transportation officials.

The department’s road report warns of “snow blowing, reduced visibility, and scattered snow and ice.”

The Wyoming The Ministry of Transport also reported dangerous clusters and incidents statewide. Drivers are particularly troubled in the southwestern part of the state, near the cities of Kemmer and Evanston, and in the southeastern part of the state near Cheyenne.

In Idahotraffic officials reported close the important road near the southeastern city of Pocatello due to drifting snow and high winds. Weather stations recorded temperatures as low as -20 degrees in Pocatello.

And in ColoradoState Department of Transportation issued several statewide safe closure orders Thursday morning, with some motorways closed due to snow blowing creating “adverse driving conditions and low visibility.”

Interstate 70 was closed in many places, including eastbound at Silverthorne near Denver, where pickup trucks exited.

“The road is frozen, visibility is limited at times of wind gusts, many vehicles are stuck on the road. Travel is not recommended. Stay home and stay warm, it’s the safest option right now,” Colorado State Patrol 4C alert.

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