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High Wind Warning: 70-mph gusts expected on I-25, I-80 in Wyoming

A semi-tractor trailor rig rests on the guardrail on Interstate 25 at the Dwyer Junction near Glendo on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. I-25 was under an extreme blow over alert at the time. (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo. — A High Wind Warning is set to take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday in southeast Wyoming, impacting parts of Interstate 25 and I-80, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne.

West winds of 35-45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected in the central Laramie Range and in southwest Platte County, including areas of I-25 and I-80. The High Wind Warning will remain in effect until 2 p.m. Friday.

There is also a High Wind Watch that will be in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning for other parts of southeast Wyoming. The south Laramie Range and Laramie Range foothills, including other sections of I-80, could see 30- to 40-mph west winds with gusts up to 70 mph, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

Drivers are urged to be aware of strong cross winds. There will be a high risk for vehicle blow overs and conditions are expected to be “extremely dangerous to lightweight and high-profile vehicles, including campers and tractor trailers,” according to the NWS in Cheyenne.