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Winter returns to Wyoming as storm dumps snow and causes hazardous driving conditions

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A winter storm dropped snow throughout Wyoming, causing difficult travel conditions in many areas.

A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie was closed Saturday, and no unnecessary travel was advised on parts of I-25 and I-90.

Black ice was a problem in many areas of the state.

PHOTO: Benjamin Bustamante, 5, throws a snowball during an outing on Fishing Lake at Dalbey Memorial Park with his friend, Peyton Clough, 13, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Gillette, Wyo. (AP Photo/Gillette News Record, Tim Goessman) TV OUT
Benjamin Bustamante, 5, throws a snowball during an outing on Fishing Lake at Dalbey Memorial Park with his friend, Peyton Clough, 13, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Gillette, Wyo. (AP Photo/Gillette News Record, Tim Goessman) TV OUT

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings for several areas of the state, including Cheyenne, Laramie and Lander.

Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet were possible in the central and northern mountains by Sunday morning.

In southeast Wyoming, the heaviest snow occurred along and south of I-80 from the Nebraska border to Arlington, with up to 12 inches possible in the surrounding mountains.

The snow is being followed by cold temperatures on Sunday.

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