Road conditions were bleak on I-80 at Walcott Junction Wednesday. The interstate remains closed Thursday. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Department of Transportation. Click for current conditions.

Blizzard closes roads, schools, businesses for second day

By Jim O’Reilly

Call it the Great Blizzard of 2019. The massive winter storm that shut down over 500 miles of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, state and local government offices, as well as schools and businesses is still causing problems.

The interstate remains closed Thursday after being battered by heavy snow and wind gusts to 60 miles per hour. Schools in Carbon County District Two will also remain closed a second day today, as will state government offices in Cheyenne.

Highways throughout Southern Wyoming remained closed for the second day in a row. Image courtesy of WYDOT. Click for current conditions.

Governor Mark Gordon praised the Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol for their efforts in assisting stranded motorists in winds he said reached the force of a Category 1 hurricane. I-80 first closed between Cheyenne and Laramie Wednesday morning following a power line fire near Buford. Crashes and worsening conditions kept the road closed. By noon, the shut down stretched from the Nebraska state line to Rock Springs.

WYDOT crews report drifts as deep as 10 feet between Arlington and Laramie. Meanwhile, residents in towns and on ranches across southern Wyoming are still digging out from snow drifts. Carbon County School District Two Superintendent Jim Copeland told Bigfoot 99 that the north schools and the schools in the Platte Valle will remain closed today because of the road and weather conditions that continue to plague the area.

 

All hands on deck as City of Rawlins tackles snow removal

Rawlins residents and business owners felt the impact of the storm immediately, with many waking up to driveways and streets already buried by snow drifts. City crews began plowing at 4 a.m. Wednesday, and they haven’t stopped. Cali O’Hare reports.

 

Historicorps seeks volunteers for restoration projects

Historicorps is currently looking for volunteers to sign up to participate in restoration work of the Hog Park Guard Station in the Medicine Bow Routt National Forest this summer. The project is taking place in July and August so that the public can rent the guard station as a cabin in the years to come. Emma Diercks has the story.

Click here for more information about volunteering

Home Alone Program provides welfare checks to area residents

The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all area residents of its free program that monitors the welfare of home bound citizens. Cali O’Hare reports.

 

Saratoga officials recommend hiring full-time zoning officer

In Saratoga, at the March 19th town council meeting, the planning commission will recommend that the next zoning officer be a full-time position that could be shared with the public works department. meeting. Emma Diercks reports.

 

Photo courtesy of Kasen York.

Sports: York prepares for state competition

Saratoga Cowboy Kasen York’s winter rodeo season is coming to a close and had one more chance to secure his spot in the cutting event. Joey Saverine has the story as well as how the Cowboy basketball teams season ended in Vegas.

 

 

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