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With winds reaching 60 mph, I-80 in Wyoming partially closed from Laramie to Elk Mountain

I-80 Elk Mountain (WYDOT)

Update: I-80 from Rawlins to Laramie re-opened at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday, WYDOT said.

CASPER, Wyo. — Interstate 80 is seeing wind gusts reach 60 mph in the Elk Mountain area on Tuesday morning, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) sensors.

With the strong winds, “extreme blow over risk” advisories are on effect on I-80 from Laramie to Elk Mountain and on U.S. Highway 30 from Laramie to I-80 near Medicine Bow. These sections are closed to light, high-profile traffic, according to WYDOT.

Wyoming Highway 258, also known as Outer Drive, in the Casper area is seeing gusts reach 55 mph and is likewise closed to light, high-profile vehicles.

Wind gusts up to 70 mph are expected in the central Laramie Range and in southwest Platte County until 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne. Gusts up to 65 mph are expected in the Snowy Range Foothills during the same time frame.

In Natrona County, gusts are expected to reach 60 mph with a high wind warning in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS in Riverton. Gusts up to 70 mph are expected in the Absaroka Mountains and eastern Wind River Mountains. In the Green Mountains and the Rattlesnake Range, gusts could reach 60 mph.

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