Early Wyoming snowstorm closes highways, schools

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Crews are making progress on restoring power to areas of Wyoming hit hard by an early snowstorm.

Rocky Mountain Power has restored electricity to about half the 13,700 customers who lost power earlier Friday.

The storm that brought parts of Wyoming to a wintry standstill Friday is slowly moving out. Conditions are expected to improve over most of the state Friday evening.

Hundreds of miles of highways, including long stretches of interstates 25 and 90, were closed.

Thousands lost power mainly from tree branches falling on power lines.

The storm dropped heavy snow in most of central and eastern Wyoming.

Preliminary snowfall totals include 13 inches at Casper, 14 at Dubois, a foot in Lander, 8 in Riverton, 6 in Cody and Laramie, 8 in Lusk, 9 in Rawlins.