Almost all of I-25, parts of I-80 closed to light and large vehicles as high winds whip Wyoming


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CHEYENNE, Wyo.– As a high wind warning heads into Wyoming, so do road closures for some vehicles.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) on Monday closed nearly all of Interstate 25 and parts of I-80 to light and large vehicles due to dangerous winds across much of Wyoming caused by a statewide warning of high winds.

Only the portion of I-25 from the Colorado border to Cheyenne is open to all traffic, as the rest of the highway from Wyoming’s capital to Buffalo remains closed to affected vehicles such as RVs and semi-trailers. trailers. Meanwhile, on I-80, the Laramie to Elk Mountain freeway is also closed to light and high-level vehicles, with the added chance of rain also around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Arlington.

Fast winds are being recorded throughout the Cowboy State. WYDOT sensors recorded a westerly wind of 42 mph gusting to 64 mph at 8:30 p.m. in Arlington and a westerly wind of 54 mph gusting to 70 mph at 8:32 p.m. near Bordeaux.

The National Weather Service (NWS) expects the current strong wind warning in effect for southeast and central Wyoming (including Cheyenne and Casper) to last until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday. Affected areas could see winds of up to 40 to 50 mph with gusts of up to 75 mph, according to the NWS.

Real-time weather conditions are available from the NWS, and updated road conditions are updated on WYDOT website.

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