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Major winter storm continues to affect Southeast Wyoming

May 18, 2017

LARAMIE, Wyo. – A potentially record-breaking winter storm continues to affect southeast Wyoming, causing road closures and travel delays around the region.

As of 12:45 p.m., Interstate 80 remains closed between Laramie and Cheyenne. Visibility is poor due to blowing snow and the road is affected by both ice and snow.

Other roads affected by closures are US 287 south of Laramie and WYO 210 between Hynds Lodge and the I-80 Summit. I-80 eastbound between Rawlins and Laramie is also closed, as parking has filled in Laramie.

Additionally, various roads across Laramie, Albany and Carbon counties are experiencing winter conditions.

WYDOT meteorologists are forecasting snowfall rates of 3-4 inches per hour around the I-80 Summit and 1-2 inches per hour elsewhere at times.

The Summit itself could see between 25 and 40 inches of snow, latest weather estimates indicate.

WYDOT District 1 crews are continuing to plow roads throughout the district in accordance with WYDOT’s Snow Plow Priority Plan.

“We’re trying to send our resources where they’re needed,” said Ralph Tarango, district maintenance engineer for District 1.

Travelers should be aware of road closures and road conditions, which can be checked by visiting WYDOT's 511 Travel Information website or calling 5-1-1.

Travelers also need to observe all weather-related closures. A number of vehicles, ranging from passenger cars to large trucks, have become stuck in snow since the storm began.

 

If motorists need to travel, they should slow down and drive cautiously. They also shouldn’t crowd snowplows and they should allow space for crews to work.

For information about this news release, contact WYDOT District 1 public information specialist Matt Murphy at 307-745-2142.