Strong Winds amd hard icy snow ridges on the roadway have forced the closure of the entire route of I-80 across Wyoming since Sunday afternoon. (WYDOT Web Cam)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Wyoming Department of Transportation crews are out with 50 plows and other equipment this morning in southeast Wyoming working to get I-80 open for traffic.

The roadway was shut down the length of the state and into western Nebraska yesterday mid-afternoon.

According to District 1 maintenance engineer, Tim McGary, the main culprit for the prolonged closure is the insidious wind yesterday that hampered visibility and turned the wet spring snow into sheets of ice. The snow drifted and froze into heavy windrows. Vehicle slide-offs and stranded travelers were many. Some drivers simply stopped their vehicles along the roadway, hampering plow movement.

Along with the plows, WDOT is currently utilizing loaders and trucks to move the snow off the roadway. There remains no projected time for opening the interstate.

Before traveling in southeast Wyoming, motorists are urged to to check the status of their planned route by visiting www.wyoroad.info (specificallyhttp://wyoroad.info/highway/conditions/Dist1.html). Travelers can also dial 511 within the state for more information on all closures and conditions.