CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For those who have plans to travel north or westbound outside of Cheyenne on Wednesday morning, be aware of blustery conditions.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has closed Interstate 25 from Cheyenne to Wheatland and I-80 from Cheyenne to Elk Mountain to light, high-profile vehicles due to gusting winds. The I-25 closure has been in effect since late Tuesday night and the I-80 closure was put in place early Wednesday morning.
Much of the affected area is currently under a high wind warning per the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne. Both separate warnings — one of which is affecting the North Snowy Range Foothills, the other parts of the Laramie Range and southwest Platte County — are scheduled to expire at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
WYDOT recorded a west wind of 44 mph with gusts of 60 mph at 8:04 a.m. Wednesday near Bordeaux in Platte County. Winds at the same time in Arlington were measured to the west at 42 mph with a gust of 56 mph.
Road conditions on both highways outside of Cheyenne remain almost entirely dry with a couple of exceptions on I-80. An area between Arlington and Exit 279 (Cooper Cove Road) is slick in spots with dangerous winds and blowing snow, as is the portion between Exits 335 (Buford) and 348 (Otto Road) near Cheyenne, as of Wednesday morning per WYDOT.