Winter weather closes a portion of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming, storm warning issued


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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyoming — Snow and wind combined to make Christmas Day travel difficult in much of Wyoming.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of central and southern Wyoming on Thursday and the state Department of Transportation closed Interstate 80 between Rock Springs and Rawlins due to winter conditions.

The agency also closed U.S. 191 between the Utah state line and Interstate 80 and recommended emergency travel only on Interstate 25 north and east of Casper and on Wyoming 77 south of Casper.

The weather service says snow was falling and winds were gusting up to 42 mph in the Rock Springs area Thursday afternoon while gusts of up to 32 mph were reported in the Casper area. Freezing fog also was limiting visibility.

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