Heavy snows hit county

17 inches to date

Photo by Alastair Baker

Help comes in the form of Joe Bradshaw, All Season Services, who pushes out a Triple L Inc. truck after it got stuck at the corner of S. Hauser and 13th in Red Lodge. The company deliver mail to the post office. James Jones, owner of the company, and his driver, had been struck for over an hour. They had already been stuck in Roberts for two hours this morning. 

Around the county snow averaged 17 inches while the Red Lodge Ski Mountain received 16 new inches. 

Driving conditions are very poor through the county with Highway 212, Highway 78, Highway 72 and Highway 310 all snowbound and icy with drifts. The same is reported for roads around Billings, Columbus, Hardin, Roundup and Big Timber.

The snow began coming in at 4 p.m. Monday after a day of mild 42 degree weather. The slide off incidents started just after 5 p.m. when The Stillwater Mine bus got stuck on Brewery Hill, Red Lodge. Within the hour, a school bus had gone off on Highway 78, followed by a a vehicle slide off on Bearcreek Hill. At 6;12 p.m. another mine bus ended up sideways on Highway 78. At 7:52 p.m. a pickup and horse trailer full of cattle was in a ditch on Cherry Springs Road, just past the Roberts Cemetery. At 8:17 p.m. a grey colored Saab was stuck on Lake Shore Road and Cooney Road. At 8:55 p.m. two vehicles were reported on the shoulder of Highway 308 in the west bound lane. At 4:28 a.m. three poles snapped in Joliet. NorthWestern energy were on scene. At 1 p.m. a slide off was reported near Bridger. At 1:25 p.m. a white bronco went off a road.

Red Lodge Police Chief Richard Pringle said that although the roads in town were "not too bad." "Just drive slowly and carefully," he advised.