Interstate 80 in Wyoming is back open after a 26-hour closure due to winter conditions.

The 75-mile stretch between Walcott Junction and Laramie, however, is closed to light, high-profile vehicles due to blowing snow, and a Blizzard Warning is currently in effect between Elk Mountain and Arlington.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
248 PM MST Fri Dec 10 2021

WYZ110-111200-
/O.NEW.KCYS.BZ.W.0004.211211T0300Z-211212T0000Z/
North Snowy Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Arlington and Elk Mountain
248 PM MST Fri Dec 10 2021

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM MST
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Winds gusting as high as
  65 mph.

* WHERE...Between Arlington and Elk Mountain

* WHEN...From 8 PM this evening to 5 PM MST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Widespread blowing snow will cause significant
  reduction in visibility and whiteout conditions. The cold wind
  chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed
  skin in as little as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
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A Blizzard Warning is also in effect for central Carbon County from 11 p.m. tonight through 5 p.m. Saturday.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
248 PM MST Fri Dec 10 2021

WYZ109-111200-
/O.NEW.KCYS.BZ.W.0004.211211T0600Z-211212T0000Z/
Central Carbon County-
Including the city of Rawlins
248 PM MST Fri Dec 10 2021

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM MST
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Winds gusting as high as
  60 mph.

* WHERE...Rawlins, Sinclair and Hannah

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 5 PM MST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Widespread blowing snow will cause significant
  reduction in visibility and whiteout conditions. The cold wind
  chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed
  skin in as little as 30 minutes.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne issued the following statement Friday evening:

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7PM 12/10 – Ground blizzard conditions and very strong winds expected this weekend! A Blizzard Warning has been issued for central Carbon County (including Rawlins) the north Snowy Range foothills (including Arlington/Elk Mountain), and the central Laramie range (including the Bordeaux area in between Wheatland and Chugwater). This goes into effect tonight through Saturday. A High Wind Warning will continue for each of these locations until 5PM Sunday after the Blizzard Warning expires. A High Wind Warning has also been issued for northern Carbon/Albany counties, Converse and Platte counties, and the south Laramie range in between Cheyenne and Laramie which goes into effect overnight tonight and lasts until 5PM Sunday. Widespread blowing snow could lead to whiteout conditions in the blizzard warning areas. Outside of these warnings, blowing snow could cause visibility to drop to 1 mile or less through Sunday. There is some uncertainty if the snow will be able to crust over on Saturday in Carbon/Albany counties, or if the ground blizzard risk will continue into Sunday. Wind gusts of 60-75 mph can be expected, with the highest gusts in the typical wind prone areas. Cold temperatures will linger west of I-25, and combined with the strong winds, this could lead to wind chill values as low as -20 degrees. Frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less in these conditions. Use caution if travelling with light or high profile vehicles this weekend.

Drivers are encouraged to call 511 or go to wyoroad.info for the latest road conditions and closure information.

Pictures From Wyoming Snowpocalypse 2021

After two days and 30-odd inches of sow, southeast Wyoming was left buried. An in the grand tradition of every generation since the invention of the camera, we took pictures of the snow.

The Blizzard of March 2021 covered up our driveways, fences, and in some cases porches. It trapped up in our homes and canceled our plans.

Here's a quick look around the Cheyenne area from Sunday (March 14) and Monday (March 15).

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