Storm has heavy impact on travel, businesses

Up to 12 inches of snow reported in county

GOSHEN COUNTY – Though the impacts weren’t as severe as last month’s record-breaking bomb cyclone storm, a winter storm that begin Wednesday morning and lasted until midday Thursday still had some serious impacts on local travel and road conditions.

According the Goshen County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Kirchhefer, the storm dumped between six inches and a foot of snow, with higher totals accumulating in the southern part of the county. In addition, blowing snow has created serious drifts on some roads.

“County roads and secondary highways may have one to three-foot drifts in several areas and roads are extremely icy,” she said Thursday morning.

Kirchhefer said the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Goshen County Road and Bridge have been hard at work clearing main traffic arteries, but it may be some time until secondary highways and county roads are dealt with.

“I know that WyDot has really jumped on Highway 26 and 85, but they’re still slick,” she said. “It will probably take them awhile to get to the secondary highways. Road and bridge will be out working getting some drifts off the county roads, as well.”

The county is now under a winter weather advisory, a downgrade from the blizzard warning issued on Tuesday.

The storm did have an effect on schools and businesses throughout the county. Goshen County School District No. 1 elected to keep kids home on Wednesday, but opened late after the snowfall on Thursday. Rural buses did not run due to road conditions.

Goshen County government offices and the City of Torrington offices were closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Our Savior Preschool, Valley Christian School and the Torrington Learning Center were all closed on Wednesday as well.

Eastern Wyoming College elected to close on both days.




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