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High wind warning in effect on I-80 Wednesday night into Thursday

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — With inclement weather expected over the coming days, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne has updated its snow and wind warnings.

The weather organization released its Wind & Weather Headlines through Thursday, which updates some of Wednesday morning’s weather advisories. A winter storm advisory has now been issued for Rawlins and its surrounding regions. Additionally, a high wind warning could now affect travelers based out of Cheyenne, Laramie and Arlington.

Snowfall is expected to accumulate the most in the Sierra Madre mountains east of Laramie. Although Cheyenne is unlikely to receive any more than a thin blanket of snow, a high wind warning is in effect along Interstate 80 between the capital city and Laramie starting Wednesday night and lasting into Thursday.

A map detailing the various weather-related hazards throughout southeast Wyoming on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (Photo courtesy of the NWS in Cheyenne)

Winds may bluster at anywhere from 60 to 65 mph, the NWS in Cheyenne reports. The strongest winds will occur early Thursday morning and persist into the afternoon. The winds mixed with snowfall may drastically reduce visibility for drivers. Lightweight and high-profile vehicles will be at an increased risk of blowover through the weather advisory period.