UPDATE: I-80 Between Laramie and Cheyenne to Remain Closed Overnight
9:30 P.M. UPDATE:
As of 9:27 p.m., the estimated opening time is between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Jan. 12.
8:58 P.M. UPDATE:
As of 8:56 p.m., the estimated opening time is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 12.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne due to winter conditions and crashes.
As of 6:54 p.m., the estimated opening time is unknown.
WYDOT reminds drivers that parking on the roadway is prohibited and delays them from opening the road.
In addition to the closure, black ice advisories are also in effect between Evanston and the Sweetwater County line (mile marker 57) and between exit 255 and exit 279 in the Elk Mountain/Arlington area.
Drivers are encouraged to call 511 or go to wyoroad.info for the latest road closures.
WYDOT: Give Snowplows Room to Work
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to give snowplows plenty of room to work.
According to Senior Public Relations Specialist Andrea Staley, 18 WYDOT plows were hit last winter, including four in District 1.
"We've been seeing a big increase in recent years," said Staley.
WYDOT says plows, which can require more than 20 feet of road, can often be obscured by the snow cloud they create, and a lot of people end up driving into them.
Plows also typically operate between 25 and 40 mph so it's tempting to just drive around them, but WYDOT says it's important to remember that the road ahead is likely not cleared yet.
WYDOT says your best bet is to slow down and be patient.