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Winter storm creates hazardous driving conditions in Bozeman

Published On: Dec 02 2013 10:30:09 PM MST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 10:41:49 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A snowstorm slammed down on Bozeman Monday afternoon, and Bozeman Police said it kept them busy as they responded to more than 28 crashes since the snow began to fall around 2 p.m.

"If we could all find more time we could probably eliminate 90 percent of the crashes," said Sergeant Kory Klumb.

Klumb said the Bozeman Police Department sees an increase in crashes every year when winter weather hits.

"Every time it snows, we have more than our share of wrecks," he explained.

Bozeman residents told NBC Montana they're used the weather, but they're more worried about the other drivers on the road.

"I saw someone hitting a sign today!" said resident Mark Westein.

Residents said conditions like these make them uneasy.

"The first or second snowfall of the year you're going to be like 'aah' and everyone's going to slow like an idiot, if you don't mind me saying," said resident John Ray.

They also told NBC Montana how they try to keep themselves safe in these conditions.

"Four-wheel drive, and slow down, give the person in front of you a lot of space," said Bozeman resident Dillon Palczewski, "other than that hope for the best."

We asked Klumb about the best way to prevent crashes -- he said slowing down and giving people and objects around you space can make a huge difference.

"I know I can drive in this weather, but I'm really typing to keep my eye out for other people out of control, sliding, going too fast, not braking," said Mark Wetstein.

Bozeman Police said as conditions worsen throughout the week, they expect to continue to see crashes.

The Montana Highway Patrol also reported there were around 33 total crashes and slide-offs in the Bozeman area on Monday.