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Numerous highway closures, crashes reported as storm slams Wyoming

I-25 in Casper is seen just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday by a WYDOT webcam. Most highways in central and southern Wyoming are affected by a winter storm that moved through the area yesterday. (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo. – A number of major Wyoming highways are closed early Tuesday morning as a powerful winter storm moves through the area.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) says I-80 between Rock Springs and Cheyenne is closed at least until 9 a.m. due to winter conditions and crashes.

Other closures include US 30 between Rock Springs and Cheyenne, US 287 between Laramie and Rawlins, WY 77 at Shirley Basin, and WY 210 between Cheyenne and Laramie.

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I-25 has a black ice and no unnecessary travel warning between Casper and Cheyenne.

The Natrona County Fire District warned last night on social media that a number of weather-related crashes around Casper had already been reported.

The Casper Police Department declared a “snow day,” meaning they would respond only to serious incidences.

Carbon County announced schools in and around Rawlins are closed today.

Schools and government offices in Cheyenne are also closed today, including all Wyoming state offices.

Schools in Natrona County, including Casper College, are open and sticking with their regular schedules.

The National Weather Service in Riverton says Natrona County is under a winter storm warning through noon today, with another 3 to 5 inches expected and wind gusts of 20 mph.

Snow is expected to subside this afternoon. Wednesday will be cold with sub-zero wind chills. Another storm is expected to bring more snow and frigid temperatures this weekend.