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Blizzard closes major highways

March 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A blizzard shut down major highways in Wyoming and South Dakota, and meteorologists said one mountainous area might get as much as 40 inches of snow. Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills was closed.

The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for eastern Wyoming and western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska, with a winter storm warning for much of central Wyoming and mountain sections of Colorado. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph.

Wyoming closed a 290-mile stretch of Interstate 25 from Cheyenne to Buffalo and a 165-mile section of Interstate 90 between Sheridan and the Wyoming state line because of snow. South Dakota closed the gates on a 250-mile stretch of I-90 from the Wyoming state line to Chamberlain. Parts of I-80 in southeast Wyoming also were closed.

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