5:40 p.m. – WYDOT reports black ice in areas on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie.

5 p.m. – WYDOT reports a crash on westbound I-80 between Cheyenne and Buford at milepost 346.4. The left lane is blocked. Proceed with caution.

4 p.m. – Cheyenne could get an additional four inches of snowfall tonight and tomorrow, according to NWS Meteorologist Matthew Brothers, with winds below blizzard criteria of 35 mph.

Brothers said the storm had developed slower than initially anticipated.

"We're still looking at travel impacts – snow covered roads through the evening," Brothers said. "We're still looking at a decent amount of snow for the Cheyenne area."

3:25 p.m. – The Nebraska Department of Transportation announced it is closing I-80 west of I-76 to the Wyoming state line at 5 p.m

3 p.m. – Road conditions are deteriorating as snow continues to spread across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Even if roads are not snow covered, temperatures are falling into the 20s which will create icy spots, especially later on this evening.

Snowfall and blowing snow will continue Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning across the region.

Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect through Thursday for most of southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle.

Avoid travel if possible, but if you must go out check the area’s webcam conditions at wyoroad.info and 511.nebraska.gov.

12 p.m. – The University of Wyoming Family Medicine clinic in Cheyenne will close at noon. Peak Wellness Center offices in Cheyenne closed at 11:30 a.m.

11:55 a.m. – Laramie County offices are closed.

11:25 a.m. – The Laramie County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s outpatient behavioral health services will close at 12:15 p.m. There may be other Cheyenne Regional health system closures announced throughout the day. Updates will be posted at cheyenneregional.org (at the top of the home page) and on the Facebook page.

11:10 a.m. – The Old West Museum will close at 11:30 a.m.

11 a.m. – Forecasters at the National Weather Service say they are now projecting 8 to 12 inches of snowfall in Cheyenne with higher amounts of 14 to possibly 18 inches across north and northeast parts of the county. Residents should still expect winds and snow to increase after noon today.

A combination of 1-2 inches of snow per hour is possible with 30 to 35 mph winds sustained and gusts to 50 mph likely leading to blizzard conditions for much of the area along and east of I-25.

10:55 a.m. – WYDOT reports the crash on I-25 northbound near Cheyenne at milepost 3 has been cleared.

10:50 a.m. – The City of Cheyenne will close non-emergency offices at 11 a.m.

This includes staff at the Board of Public Utilities. Call 307-637-6471 for water or sewer emergencies. Due to the closure, transit buses will also not be available after 11 a.m.

Wednesday’s regularly scheduled trash pick-up that has not been completed due to the weather will be rescheduled and announced in the near future.

City officials are discouraging unnecessary travel during this storm.

10:45 a.m. – Laramie County Community College is closing at 11 a.m.

10:40 a.m. – The Laramie County Library System is closing at 11 a.m.

10:35 a.m. – WYDOT is reporting a crash on I-25 between the Colorado state line and Cheyenne. All lanes blocked northbound near Cheyenne at milepost 3. Be prepared to stop, expect delays.

10:35 a.m. – Mayor Marian Orr has announced via Twitter that the City of Cheyenne will close at 11 a.m. due to impending blizzard conditions. No unnecessary travel.

10:30 a.m. – F. E. Warren Air Force Base is directing a staggered early release of non-mission essential personnel in 20 minute increments.

Non-mission essential personnel residing outside of the Cheyenne city limits were released at 10 a.m. Non-mission essential personnel residing within the Cheyenne city limits were released at 10:20 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., non-mission essential personnel residing on base are released.

10:15 a.m. – Laramie County School District 1 will release students early. Junior high and high school students will be released at 11:15 a.m. Elementary students will be released at 12:15 p.m. Elementary students who walk to school will be released to walk home at 12:15 p.m.

Parents wishing to pick up their students need to be at the school prior to release time or contact the school to make arrangements. Buses will be running earlier and will be dropping students off at their regular stops.

All school functions scheduled for today are canceled. Any closure or delay information beyond today will be communicated prior to 6 a.m. Thursday.

10 a.m. – Laramie County School District 2 will release students at 11:30 a.m. No school lunch will be served.

CHEYENNE – The National Weather Service forecast for blizzard conditions remains on track, with precipitation spreading north into Wyoming this morning.

Meteorologists expect precipitation to transition to all snow by mid- to late-morning in Wyoming. The transition to snow will occur late-morning to early afternoon for the central and southern Nebraska panhandle.

According to the National Weather Service, about two inches of snow had fallen in Cheyenne as of 9:45 a.m.

"We're getting heavy to moderate snow," NWS meteorologist Steve Rubin said. "The winds aren't too bad – about 15 to 25 mph."

Rubin said snow should taper off in the next hour or two. He said snow will pick up again late today, with the arrival of colder temperatures.

"We're still thinking six inches of snow (in Cheyenne)," he said.

The National Weather Service has expanded the blizzard warning into Platte County starting at noon today and continuing through 3 p.m. Thursday.

A blizzard warning is in effect for Laramie and Goshen counties, including the cities of Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs, starting at noon. Heavy snow, blowing snow and strong north winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 55 mph, will create whiteout conditions in the blizzard warned areas from noon today through Thursday morning.

Forecasters expect snow will taper off late morning Thursday, but winds could still create ground blizzard conditions into the afternoon.

Travel in southeast Wyoming and Nebraska panhandle will be significantly affected, and all unnecessary travel should be cancelled, especially late morning Wednesday through early Thursday morning.

Road conditions will deteriorate through the mid- to late-morning, with moderate to high impacts along Interstate 25, I-80 and area roadways.

Travelers can get the latest road conditions by calling 511 or going online to www.wyoroad.info.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle staff will update this live blog with new closures and storm-related news throughout the day.

Steve Knight is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle's local government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3182 or sknight@wyomingnews.com.

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