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Winter storm blows into area, brings moisture

Posted: Thursday, Apr 11th, 2013

Wintery conditions returned due to the spring storm this week. An accident on I-80 near Evanston formed the backdrop for a second accident. COURTESY PHOTOS/Eric Quinney


Pioneer Editor

BRIDGER VALLEY – A week of projected moisture, snow and rain showers helped to bring more moisture to the Bridger Valley area and the High Uintas.

An earlier wet storm helped with the snowpack in the two drainages in the Uintas and had actually brought the average up slightly according to the Bridger Valley Water Conservancy District report on April 2. According to the report, the average for both drainages was approximately 85 percent.

This week’s forecast included wet weather through yesterday, April 11, and again a slight chance of showers Sunday night. A winter storm warning for heavy snow and strong winds was in effect until noon Tuesday in southwest Wyoming.

Snow accumulations were projected as a total of 4 to 8 inches. In addition, high winds, east to northeast winds, were projected to gust to 50 mph or greater into Tuesday.

Blizzard-like conditions and reduced visibilities were projected along area roadways including I-80 through Tuesday.

True to the prediction, a winter storm blew in with gusty winds and snow. There were reports of a couple of accidents on the First Sister near Evanston Monday afternoon. And, conditions only got worse.

Eric Quinney, Lyman, works for Uinta County Fire and Ambulance and was enroute on I-80 Monday afternoon in his emergency vehicle. He came upon an accident at MP 15, stopped and was getting out of his vehicle to assist. Another car hit Quinney. Quinney said he was not seriously injured, but was “stiff and sore.” His vehicle received minor damage, but the silver car that hit Quinney and his vehicle received a lot of damage.

On Tuesday morning, I-80 was closed from the Lyman North interchange to Evanston. About 10:55 a.m., the closure was lifted, but the chain law was in effect.

In addition, I-80 was closed from Rawlins to the Nebraska state line Tuesday morning. Road conditions for other Wyoming highways Tuesday morning included road closures. All roads throughout the state had warnings such as no light trailers, black ice and no unnecessary travel.

For the complete article see the 04-12-2013 issue.

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