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Photos: Casper virtually shut down as blizzard slams state

High winds make for big drifts as homeowners and neighbors attempt to clear snow in an Evansville neighborhood on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – A powerful winter storm disabled virtually all travel in and out of Casper on Monday.

Parts of the city resembled a windy, winter ghost town as dozens of area businesses closed early or decided to not open at all.

All roads and highways leading into and out of the city were closed by early Monday. With the exception of essential services, schools and government offices closed as well.

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By noon, over a foot of snow had fallen in parts of Casper. Gusty winds made for high drifts and low visibility in the area.

The National Weather Service in Riverton predicts several more inches of snow this afternoon before it tapers off. Winds will continue with gusts up to 35 mph, and wind chill values at minus 10 degrees overnight.

While the snow is expected to clear tonight, winds and extremely cold temperatures and chill values will persist through at least Thursday, when another shot of moisture is expected to arrive.

Photos by Dan Cepeda, Oil City News: