CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As a high wind warning finds its way to Wyoming, so do road closures for certain vehicles.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) closed nearly all of Interstate 25 and portions of I-80 on Monday to light, high-profile vehicles due to dangerous winds across most of Wyoming caused by a near-statewide high wind warning.
Only the portion of I-25 from the Colorado border to Cheyenne is open to all traffic, as the remainder of the highway from Wyoming’s capital to Buffalo remains closed to affected vehicles such as campers and tractor trailers. Meanwhile on I-80, the highway from Laramie to Elk Mountain is also closed to light, high-profile vehicles, with the added hazard of rain as well at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in Arlington.
Rapid winds are being recorded across the Cowboy State. WYDOT sensors recorded a western wind of 42 mph with 64 mph gusts at 8:30 p.m. in Arlington and a 54 mph western wind with 70 mph gusts at 8:32 p.m. near Bordeaux.
The National Weather Service (NWS) expects the current high wind warning in effect for southeastern and central Wyoming (including Cheyenne and Casper) to last until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday. Affected areas could see as high as 40–50 mph winds with up to 75 mph gusts, per the NWS.