CASPER, Wyo. — Strong winds are impacting travel in Wyoming and both I-25 and I-80 are facing wind closures as of 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).
I-25 is closed to light, high-profile vehicles from Casper to Wheatland. I-80 is closed to light, high-profile vehicles from Laramie to Elk Mountain, according to WYDOT.
Widespread high winds are expected to last through 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne. The Wheatland area is expected to see maximum gusts around 76 mph on Tuesday. Arlington along I-80 is expected to see gusts reach 75 mph.
Snow is expected to begin in southeast Wyoming mountains on Tuesday. 2-3 feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Madres and the Snow Mountain Range between 11 a.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the NWS in Cheyenne. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph in these mountain areas.
Snow is expected on both I-25 and I-80 overnight, according to WYDOT. A Winter Storm Watch for southeast Wyoming will take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Areas shown in orange and red on the following map are likely to see over six inches of snow by 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the NWS in Cheyenne:
WYDOT forecasts travel impacts in the state for Tuesday as follows: