CHEYENNE - Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie was closed Tuesday morning due to gusting winds and winter conditions.

The westbound lane of I-80 is closed to light-weight and high-profile vehicles from Laramie to Rawlins. 

According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, strong winds, blowing snow and slick conditions is leading to an extreme risk for vehicle blow overs. They estimate the road reopening this afternoon.

A high wind warning includes the city of Laramie. Wind speeds will be sustained at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. 

Strong cross winds are forecast across southeast Wyoming, the Nebraska panhandle and northeast Colorado through Thursday. 

The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne says weather conditions could become favorable for rapid fire growth and erratic fire behavior. Fires may quickly become out of control. Stray lightning strikes may have the potential to start fires on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

A red flag warning is in effect Tuesday for the eastern Nebraska Panhandle, extending into central and northeast Nebraska.