Governor advises shelter in place during dangerous blizzard

WYOMING – A raging blizzard has stifled southeast Wyoming as Governor Mark Gordon announced that State Offices in Cheyenne will remain closed through Thursday, March 14. Other state offices may also remain closed or have delayed openings depending on their local weather conditions.

The Governor has continued to work with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol throughout the storm.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. (Courtesy)

“I’ve been told that we have not seen a storm of this nature since the Thanksgiving blizzard of 1979 and the 2003 storm. Reportedly, it has the same intensity as a Category 1 hurricane,” Gordon said.

Governor Gordon said his briefings indicated that strong winds are predicted through Thursday afternoon, likely resulting in continued poor visibility, closed roads, and snow plowing difficulties.

“We need people to stay safely at home until this storm subsides so snowplow crews can clear streets and parking lots unhindered.”

Gordon again praised the state workers at the Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol for their relentless assistance to stranded travelers and those involved in accidents.

“First responders and snowplow teams have been at this for hours now, and everyone’s efforts show that Wyomingites handle ourselves well. The safety of our people is my first consideration; we will get our state offices open and working at full speed again as soon as it is safe to do so,” Gordon said. “As this storm subsides, I implore people to stay off the roads and out of the way so storm cleanup across the state can proceed unhindered.”

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