Driving conditions in Montana can be downright treacherous during the winter. Roads are covered in snow and ice, and visibility can be almost nonexistent at times.

Scott Olson
Scott Olson

I live in Manhattan and commute to Bozeman each day for work. Most of the year, I can make it into town just fine, but during the winter my commute can be a real struggle. There's nothing worse than getting caught behind a semi during a snow storm.

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Literally, there are times when I can't see five feet in front of my vehicle. Driving during the winter made me understand the true meaning of the term "white-knuckled grip."

Winter weather is unpredictable, and another major winter driving concern is snow squalls.


What is a Snow Squall?

A snow squall is an intense burst of medium to heavy snowfall that can greatly reduce visibility for travelers. A snow squall is usually accompanied by blowing snow and strong, gusty winds. Here's a list of Montana weather terms that you need to know.

The National Weather Service released a snow squall safety video that explains the dangers of driving in a snow squall. Check out the video below.

If you find yourself caught in a snow squall, it's a good idea to pull over to the side of the road and wait out the storm. Don't risk it. A snow squall can be deadly. Just make sure you're well off the road.

Winter driving can be tough and safety is paramount. Check out this list of common winter driving mistakes in Montana.

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