Veterans, I need your help in regards to Wyoming, wind speeds and DOT saying shut it down

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  1. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    So I drove through Wyoming today across I-80 East for the first time since I did it once with my trainer 6 months ago (So I'm still a rookie in this business).

    My trainer told me to be safe, no matter what my weight, I could shut it down at 40 MPH winds if I didn't feel comfortable driving when I went solo. I'm assuming he meant "sustained winds" and not "wind gusts", though I didn't ask him as back then I really never thought about the difference before.

    I came across an old thread on this forum and there were some things he didn't teach me.

    Therefore, veteran drivers, I need your help please:

    1. What is considered a "high profile vehicle"? I'm assuming Semi's and civilian campers or anything bigger? Would bobtails be considered high profile?

    2. What is considered "light weight" when they put up warnings "Advise no light vehicles"?

    3. How will I know when the Wyoming DOT closes the interstates or roads down for semi trucks?

    To give an example, today on I-80 East there were electronic signs on the interstate stating "Winds 40 MPH".

    I checked on the weather channel app and it listed severe thunderstorm warnings with wind gusts up to 70 MPH. However, it stated that winds were at 25-30 MPH and I'm assuming that must've meant sustained winds.

    I checked the national weather severe storm advisory report online for the Laramie area (where I was) and it also stated severe weather thunderstorms advisory with wind gusts up to 70 MPH.

    However, I have the Wyoming 511 DOT mobile app for my iPhone. It stated strong winds and severe thunderstorm warning, but it made no mention of anything such as "advise no high profile vehicles".

    I called the Wyoming DOT number listed in my 2019 Rand McNally atlas, but again no mention of anything along the lines of "advise no high profile vehicles".

    So, one last question:

    4. I am using all these tools - I guess I'm confused because I would've thought that with 70 MPH wind gusts (or "up to 70 MPH wind gusts") that any one of these tools would have stated "no high profile vehicles". But not a single one of them did.

    That said - if I'm i Wyoming and the state says shut it down and get off the road, where will I be able to access that information: The interstate electronic signs where they state the wind speed? The Wyoming 511 DOT app or telephone #?

    I shut it down today because I was not comfortable driving with "gusts up to 70 MPH". That said, I guess I'm worried that I'm the winter when things can get real dicey out here, that I'll somehow miss the sign or information or call from the Wyoming DOT to shut it down and get the hell off the road.

    They'll make it obvious when semi's need to get off the road, right? Surely it would be stated on the electronic signs over the interstate stating the wind speeds, it would probably flash between the wind speed and "all high profile vehicles must exit and shut down" or something like that, right?
     
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  2. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Yes the sign will have the advisery on it, they will also tell you if you stop at the ports of entry.
    High profile in the trucking industry means vans or reefers, box vans and such, light loads are just that light loads in the high profile rigs.
    Bobtails and most flats are good to go..
     
  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    We get T-storm warnings that often call for 70mph wind gusts. But that is always :up to" and then only in the storm itself. For 40mph winds, I would for sure take it easy and slow down when necessary, but it would have run it. But you are the captain of your ship so if you shut down because you are not comfortable running that is fine.
    There is a app called "MY Radar" that I run and set it to show wind direction and speed. If you are not using it try it. It will help you to make decisions on running or stopping.
     
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  4. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I used to run 30 across when they closed it,but last time I did that they had a closed gate on it 19 miles out in the middle of nowhere. lol You could get around the gate though. lol
     
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    PacoTaco Light Load Member

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    I consider My Radar with the wind layer an essential tool.
     
  6. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    Thanks! But, what exactly constitutes as a "light load"? Is there a set number? Under 30,000? Under 20,000? Under 10,000? Ext?
     
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    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    Yeah, that's how the advisories were wording it was "up to 70 MPH winds".

    I will look into my radar!
     
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  8. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    So will the electronic message be something like "Advisory: no further high profile loads, high profile loads must exit on exit ---"

    Or something like that? Something obvious right? Like for today, when it states winds 40 MPH, if it doesn't say no high profile loads past exit --- or something like that than I am good to go if I feel safe doing so, right?
     
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    starmac Road Train Member

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    I would think 10,000, but others opinion may differ. I have to pull empty vans back from prudhoe all the time, and sometimes in some serious winds. The 2 axle trailers are sometimes a pain and there are times we just leave them, 3 and 4 axle trailers are heavier and we have pretty good luck getting them home. I think it helps our trucks are heavier too.
     
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  10. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    1) A CMV.
    2) 25,000 pounds or less of cargo.
    3) WYODOT.GOV has a real time site with every road, every condition, every restriction if any.
    4) You're the el Capitan. 40 mph is no biggy with 40,000 in the box. I think at 45 sustained or gusts above 50 they close it to light loads, 25K and less.
    At 70 mph crosswinds, you're probably gonna wind up in the ditch rolled over.

    Typically the stretch between Laramie and Rawlins is the worst, and that big meadow in front of Elk Mountain is the super turbo spot.

    If you don't think you can do it or make it, don't.

    Rule #1 - Don't ever give a good God #### it about what other people think.

    You'll be the one wrecked. So you do what you think is correct.
     
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