Arctic blast puts Casper in deep freeze (Gallery)

Students line up to board the bus on a frigid Wednesday morning at the Bus Exchange near Park Elementary School in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Casper residents woke up to snow, icy roads and frigid temperatures on Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Riverton issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Advisory overnight, calling for difficult driving conditions and very cold temperatures.

The high on Wednesday is predicted to barely reach 9 degrees, but wind chills of minus 10 are expected.

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Tonight more light snow is called for, as well as wind chills dipping down to a dangerous minus 25, with winds from 7 to 10 mph, according to the NWS.

While temperatures are predicted to warm a bit for Thursday, wind speeds are expected to pick up with gusts as much as 22 mph and wind chills near minus 25.

Driving conditions around Natrona County are difficult, according to WYDOT. Roads are closed at Muddy Gap and aren’t expected to open for several hours.