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First snowfall of winter will hit, be prepared for bad road conditions

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The first official snowfall of winter will happen Friday and law enforcement would like to remind drivers to be prepared.

On Wednesday, the Montana Highway Patrol responded to 425 crashes statewide and 47 of those were in Yellowstone County, while the Billings Police Department responded to 30 vehicle crashes.

Trooper Barry Mitchell with the Montana Highway Patrol said there were fewer crashes reported Thursday, compared to the last two days.

Sergeant Clyde Reid with the Billings Police said officers have responded to 27 crashes since 7 this morning. He said main intersections such as 24th Ave and Grand Ave and Shiloh and Monad Rd have seen a lot of crashes and he has a few recommendations for drivers ahead of tomorrow's weather.

"If you don't have to go anywhere, don't," Sgt. Reid said. "If you're going to be out traveling, try and drive slow. As you're approaching intersections, give yourself plenty of time to stop and be aware that sometimes, people are going to slide through intersections so be prepared to try and drive defensively."

Sergeant Reid said they lifted the slick street policy today, but be mindful that could change tomorrow as the snow falls again.

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