Trucks line the side of I-80 during a storm that shut down Wyoming’s “Snow Chi Minh Trail.” (WYDOT District 1)

A winter storm brought chaos to Wyoming’s interstate highways Saturday night through Sunday. In the southeastern part of the state, some motorists found themselves stranded as both I-25 and I-80 were closed at various points Sunday.

Interstate 80’s westbound highway was closed Sunday by a crash between Laramie and Arlington, just below Elk Mountain, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s District 1’s Twitter account. The crash occurred at or before 10:25 a.m. Initial tweets said the westbound highway could be closed 5-7 hours, but a tweet sent at 3 p.m. said both lanes were open within 4 1/2 hours. The crash may have involved at least one semi-truck, and there were no fatalities, according to a WYDOT Public Information Officer.

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In the meantime, WYDOT District 1 posted this photo to its Facebook account, showing semi-trucks stacked up along the side of I-80. It’s not an unusual sight on either side of the Elk Mountain stretch during a winter storm.

Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham is reporting for WyoFile from Laramie. He covers state government, energy and the economy. Reach him at 443-848-8756 or at andrew@wyofile.com, follow him @AndrewGraham88

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