Strong winds in the region have lessened to a degree Monday evening but travel is still hazardous for light and high profile vehicles.
Warnings concerning the blowover risk have been issued for Highway 85 in Wyoming from Torrington to Lusk and on I-80 from Laramie to the Nebraska state line. I-25 between the Colorado state line and Cheyenne is closed as is U.S. 85 between Cheyenne and the Colorado state line
Meteorologist Don Day says the winds are the result of a strong cold front that moved into the region last night and early this morning that has caused a ” very strong pressure gradient, which is driving the winds. Day says “the way the storm is tracking and positioned just to the north and east of us has placed southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, and northeastern Colorado right in the bulls-eye for the strongest winds.”
Day says the highest winds will occur later this afternoon. The winds will die down some this evening, but come back again tomorrow through the afternoon hours. Wednesday and Thursday they are expected to subside.