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Winter weather forces road closures around Cheyenne


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A fierce winter storm accompanied by high winds has led to the closure of major roads in and around Cheyenne. Multiple crashes and slide-offs have been reported.

As of 10:32 a.m. Feb. 8, Interstate 25 both northbound and southbound between Cheyenne and Exit 29, Whitaker Road, has been closed due to treacherous winter conditions. Authorities estimate that the roads could reopen in four to six hours.

WY 210, Happy Jack Road, between Cheyenne and Mile Marker 16, County Road 109, Table Mountain Road, remains under a rolling closure since 8:18 a.m., with no estimated reopening time provided.

On Interstate 80, eastbound traffic between Exit 348, Otto Road, and Exit 359, Junction I-25, faces restrictions due to an extreme blowover risk, particularly affecting light and high-profile vehicles. All enclosed trailers under 40,000 GVW are advised to heed the warning.

Interstate 80 westbound remains under a rolling closure since 9:15 a.m., WYDOT estimated that the roads could reopen in four to six hours.

WYDOT has been actively working to manage the road conditions, issuing travel advisories and utilizing resources to mitigate the impact of the winter storm and high winds. The department strongly discourages parking on closed sections of the road, as it hampers clearing operations and delays reopening.