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LOVELL, Wyo. — State transportation officials are considering closing U.S. Highway 14A over northern Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains earlier than usual this winter as snow drifts hamper efforts to keep the roadway clear.

A 22-mile stretch of the scenic road is closed annually about Nov. 30 and opens Memorial Day weekend.

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Jason Fleming with the Wyoming Department of Transportation tells the Northern Wyoming Daily News that a plow truck got stuck Nov. 3 attempting to clear drifts off the highway. A second truck had to be brought in to help remove the plow.

Fleming says the road could be closed early if it becomes unsafe for the public or for state workers responsible for plowing the route.

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