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WYDOT warns of blowover risk with winds picking up Thursday afternoon; storms coming to SE Wyoming

A semi blown over on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (NWS in Cheyenne, Twitter)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wind speeds are increasing in southeast Wyoming on Thursday afternoon and storms are expected to move into the area, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

“Wind and weather are moving through the area this afternoon,” WYDOT District 1 said at around 3 p.m. Thursday. “As the wind increases, so does the blowover risk for light/high-profile vehicles. Be sure to pull aside to save your ride.”

Showers and thunderstorms could occur on Thursday afternoon and evening in the region, but severe weather is not expected until Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne. Some gusty winds, however, could occur on Thursday, and strong wind conditions are being reported along sections of Interstate 80, according to WYDOT.

On Friday, numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected, particularly along and west of I-25, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

“Some storms may produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph,” the NWS in Cheyenne added.

Storms could continue through at least Monday in the NWS in Cheyenne’s forecast region.

No partial or full road closures are in effect as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Real-time road condition information is available from WYDOT.