The Wind Continues to Cause Roadway Headaches
February 22nd, 2021
Strong winds began Sunday evening for many parts of Wyoming, and they have not let up since. I-80 shut down during the late afternoon hours of Sunday as well, and also has not opened up since, particularly between Laramie and Rawlins through the Medicine Bow. I-80 WB from Cheyenne to Laramie is also closed completely due to Rolling Closure, as is I-80 EB from Evanston to Rawlins. The rest remain open, however they are still closed to Light and High Profile vehicles due to an Extreme Blowover Risk. I-25 from Cheyenne to Casper is closed to Light and High Profile vehicles as well because of strong wind gusts.
Wind gusts throughout the afternoon for Cheyenne, Laramie, Wheatland, Riverton, and likely others will be in excess of 60 mph throughout the afternoon, with some gusts over 70 mph. Sustained speeds will likely continue to hang in the 35-40 mph range with some parts of the day seeing stronger gusts. More strong winds are expected for Tuesday, however they may not be quite as bad. There will likely still be road issues, however. High Wind Warnings in Southeast Wyoming are remaining in effect until at least 11:00 am tomorrow morning, with Natrona County seeing their High Wind Warning in effect until noon tomorrow, and Fremont County’s remaining in effect until 5:00 pm today.
Even if the wind is not quite as bad tomorrow, it will be accompanied by a larger headache in some locations: snow. Showers are expected in Central and Eastern Wyoming tomorrow and Northwestern Wyoming today. While accumulations will remain negligible, strong winds could lead to whiteout conditions, and higher elevations could see enough accumulation to lead to slick areas on roadways in addition to any snow that fell over the weekend. The wind should finally calm down heading into Wednesday, however Wednesday brings a chance for measurable snowfall to southeast Wyoming; particularly Cheyenne and Laramie coming out of the south.
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