Snow, fierce winds close roads, damage property

Apr 9, 2013 By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A large spring snowstorm brought a second day of winter-like weather to Wyoming on Tuesday, dumping up to a foot of snow, closing hundreds of miles of highways and damaging a marina and other property.

The storm began on Monday and winter storm warnings remained in effect Tuesday for a large part of Wyoming, including the cities of Cheyenne, Casper, Rock Springs, Gillette, Riverton, Evanston and Sheridan. All but the northwest part of the state is under some kind of storm advisory.

About 18 inches of snow had fallen by mid-morning Tuesday near Lander with higher amounts in nearby mountains, while Riverton and Casper Mountain each received about a foot. Torrington and Pine Bluffs had about 8 inches, with more snow expected. Three-foot drifts were reported in some rural areas.

A 100-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Douglas was closed Tuesday morning as well as a 125-mile section of I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins and a shorter section in the Evanston area.

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