Third Day of Snow Shuts Down Schools, Highways
by Taylor Viydo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update 9:50 pm:
Schools will be closed again in Cheyenne on Thursday. According to Laramie County School District 1, all activities are also canceled and district offices will be closed.
Update 5:45 pm:
I-25 is now open for travel. "No Unnecessary Travel" advisories remain in effect near Cheyenne. Parts of I-80 are still closed from Rock Springs to the Nebraska border.
The third day of a massive spring snowstorm brought even more snow to Wyoming, closing highways and schools across the state.
As of Wednesday afternoon, parts of Interstate 25 from Cheyenne to Casper were closed due to the snow. Most of I-80 was closed as well from Rock Springs to the Nebraska state line. According to WYDOT, a stretch of I-80 from Rawlins to Laramie was shut down due to a crash. A handful of other highways were experiencing closures as well, including US-287, WY-487 and 77.
All of southeastern Wyoming and parts of central Wyoming remained under a winter storm warning Wednesday afternoon. Winter weather advisories were posted for the northeastern part of the state.
School officials in both Casper and Cheyenne deemed the storm powerful enough to cancel classes on Wednesday. Both Laramie County School Districts 1&2 announced late Tuesday that schools would be closed the following day. Natrona County School District followed suit early Wednesday morning. Both Casper College and Laramie County Community College also called of classes because of the snow.
In Casper, even the Eastridge Mall declared a snow day. The mall remained closed throughout Wednesday.
Casper Police continued a so-called "snow day," meaning that the department would only respond to high priority accidents and not minor ones. Police first issued the accident alert around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Because of the "snow-day," accident numbers for Casper were not immediately available.
For the second day in a row, police in Cheyenne did not issue an accident alert. According to CPD spokesman Dan Long, officers responded to around 8 accidents on Wednesday morning. It was not clear if anyone was injured in those incidents.
The massive spring storm brought even more snow to both central and southeastern Wyoming. As of Wednesday evening, Casper's snow totals stood at 12-16 inches while Cheyenne had received 13 inches. Between 28-36 inches had fallen on Casper Mountain since Monday.
Forecasters expect the snow to taper off by Wednesday night.