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Winds 65-75 mph expected in Wyoming in wake of snowstorms; I-80 still seeing closures Friday

I-25 Bordeaux (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo. — High winds are expected in the wake of a snowstorm that led to widespread closures and travel advisories in the Cowboy State.

Interstate 80 remains closed as of 10:45 a.m. Friday across much of Wyoming. I-80 is closed in both directions from Laramie to Rawlins, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). Westbound travel is closed on I-80 from Cheyenne to Laramie due to a rolling closure. Eastbound travel is largely closed from Evanston to Rawlins due to rolling closures, though some local travel is permitted, according to WYDOT.

WYDOT estimated the lifting of closures on I-80 as of 9:45 a.m. at 8-10 hours. I-25 is also seeing some travel impacts with “no unnecessary travel” advisories in effect from Chugwater to Midwest.

Wind gusts up to 75 mph are possible in the north Laramie Range, with 65-mph gusts possible in Converse County starting late Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne.

70-mph gusts are possible in the central and south Laramie Range and in southwest Platte County starting late Friday through Sunday afternoon. 65-mph gusts are possible in the north Snowy Range foothills, including on I-80 near Arlington and Elk Mountain and in east Platte County including Wheatland and Glendo, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

Strong winds in Natrona County are possible on Saturday afternoon with 50- to 60-mph gusts possible, according to the NWS in Riverton.