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High winds close portions of interstates on Thursday to light, high-profile vehicles once again

A portion of Interstate 80 on Thursday morning at Cooper Cove near Laramie. (WYDOT)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Usually with high wind warnings in southeastern Wyoming, it’s a matter of when — not if — parts of the highways outside of Cheyenne will close to certain vehicles.

And once again this winter during a high wind warning in the area, certain vehicles will have to make travel adjustments.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has closed a portion of Interstate 80 on Thursday morning from Exit 290 (Quealy Dome) near Laramie to Exit 235 near Elk Mountain to light, high-profile vehicles due to gusting winds and an extreme blowover risk.

Several hours after the selected closure of I-80, WYDOT made the call to also close I-25 from Cheyenne to Wheatland to light, high-profile vehicles due to the gusting winds. The full reopening time of each interstate is unknown.

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Strong winds are currently pelting parts of southeastern Wyoming as an area including central Laramie County (plus most of the route between Cheyenne and Laramie) is currently under a high wind warning per the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne until 5 a.m. Friday. West winds in Cheyenne of 30 to 40 mph with 65 mph gusts are expected.

South winds of 37 mph with 57 mph gusts were recorded at 9:06 a.m. Thursday at Cooper Cove near Laramie, per WYDOT sensors. Arlington at the same time recorded 51 mph winds with 62 mph gusts.

Real-time weather conditions can be found on the NWS Cheyenne website, while real-time road conditions can be found on WYDOT’s website.

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