Winter-like weather return hitting Wyoming, far NW Neb Panhandle

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KNEP) - A late spring snowstorm is making travel difficult across Wyoming, and snow is now expected to fall on the higher locations in the northwestern Nebraska Panhandle.

Winter storm warnings and advisories are posted until Friday afternoon for the southeastern two-thirds of Wyoming as a strong, cold and wet storm makes its way across the state. In the higher locations of the southern Wyoming mountain ranges as much as three feet of new snow is in the forecast. Lesser amounts are expected on the eastern slopes of the Bighorn Mountains, as well as in lower elevations. The snow is also now expected to reach at least a part of the Nebraska Panhandle, with northern Sioux County now also under a Winter Storm Warning, with forecasters expecting 6 to 12 inches of snow in the Pine Ridge above 4800 feet.

Traffic impacts vary by location, however I-80 across much of Wyoming is closed. According to the WYDOT website, eastbound lanes of the freeway are closed from Rock Springs to Cheyenne, while the westbound lanes are closed from Cheyenne to Laramie as of 2:00 p.m. In Nebraska, I-80 has been closed at the Wyoming state line due to the closure between Cheyenne and Laramie.

In Cheyenne, a high number of accidents has prompted the Cheyenne Police Department to respond only to accidents involving injuries, immovable vehicles, drunk drivers or the inability to exchange information. According to a release from CPD Sergeant David Janes, drivers in all other accidents are being asked to exchange information and complete a delayed accident form at a later time.

Janes also says with power outages due to the wet, heavy snow, drivers need to be aware that intersections where traffic lights are inoperative should be treated as a four-way stop.