5:00 PM UPDATE: I-80 reopened in both directions Monday evening. The Interstate, however, remains closed to light and high-profile vehicles between Elk Mountain and Laramie, due to high winds.

WYOMING — Wyoming transportation officials are closing parts of I-80 as the region faces high winds and blowing snow.

Early Monday afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) announced that Interstate 80 westbound from Laramie to Rawlins is closed due to winter weather conditions. The eastbound lanes of the same stretch are closed to light and high-profile vehicles due to high winds.

As of 12:15 p.m. Monday, the Interstate’s reopening time is unknown.

Officials say blowing snow and high winds lead to dangerous travel conditions and poor visibility. This part of I-80 is under a strong wind warning with the National Weather Service stating that wind gusts can reach and potentially exceed 70 miles per hour.

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