Wyoming Department of Transportation says that crews are out with 50 plows and other equipment in southeast Wyoming working to get I-80 open for traffic.

The roadway shut down the length of the state and into western Nebraska yesterday mid-afternoon.

According to District 1 maintenance engineer, Tim McGary, the main culprit for the prolonged closure is the wind yesterday that hampered visibility and turned the wet spring snow into sheets of ice. The snow drifted and froze into heavy windrows. Vehicle slide-offs and stranded travelers were many. Some drivers simply stopped their vehicles along the roadway, hampering plow movement.

Along with the plows, WDOT is currently utilizing loaders and trucks to move the snow off the roadway. There remains no projected time for opening the interstate.