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High wind warning to pelt Cheyenne, surrounding areas from Thursday morning to early Friday


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Keep hats tightly fitted and papers in place if walking outside around Cheyenne late this week, because more blustery conditions are coming.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne has issued a high wind warning for Cheyenne and several surrounding areas — including much of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie and parts of Platte County — from 11 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. West winds of 30 to 40 mph with 65 mph gusts are possible.

Impacts will mainly be to transportation and particularly to light, high-profile vehicles that could be at a high or extreme blowover risk from strong breezes. Highway closures to vehicles such as campers and tractor trailers could be in play for much of the warning as they have been during similar recent alerts.

The warning should miss the timeline of when Cheyenne is projected to receive a slight chance (40%) of snow Friday, though winds are still forecast to be from 20 to 30 mph with 40 mph gusts.

Real-time weather conditions can be found on the NWS Cheyenne website.