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LARAMIE, Wyo. – A potentially record-breaking
winter storm continues to affect southeast
Wyoming, causing road closures and travel delays
around the region.
As of 12:45 p.m., Interstate 80 remains closed between
Laramie and Cheyenne. Visibility is poor due to blowing
snow and the road is affected by both ice and snow.
Other roads affected by closures are US 287 south of
Laramie and WYO 210 between Hynds Lodge and the I-80
Summit. I-80 eastbound between Rawlins and Laramie is
also closed, as parking has filled in Laramie.
Additionally, various roads across Laramie, Albany and
Carbon counties are experiencing winter conditions.
WYDOT meteorologists are forecasting snowfall rates of
3-4 inches per hour around the I-80 Summit and 1-2
inches per hour elsewhere at times.
The Summit itself could see between 25 and 40 inches of
snow, latest weather estimates indicate.
WYDOT District 1 crews are continuing to plow roads
throughout the district in accordance with WYDOT’s
Snow Plow Priority Plan.
“We’re trying to send our resources where they’re
needed,” said Ralph Tarango, district maintenance
engineer for District 1.
Travelers should be aware of road closures and road
conditions, which can be checked by visiting WYDOT's
511 Travel Information website or calling 5-1-1.
Travelers also need to observe all weather-related
closures. A number of vehicles, ranging from passenger
cars to large trucks, have become stuck in snow since
the storm began.
If motorists need to travel, they should slow down and
drive cautiously. They also shouldn’t crowd snowplows
and they should allow space for crews to work.