UPDATE: I-15 reopens between Idaho Falls and Roberts

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Authorities have reopened I15 between Idaho Falls and Roberts after the section of the interstate was closed for several hours Saturday due to blowing dust.

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IDAHO FALLS — Interstate 15 between Exit 118 (US 20, US 91, Broadway Street) in Idaho Falls and Exit 143 (ID 33) near Roberts is closed in both directions due to dust storms, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Vehicles are not allowed on the interstate and commuters will need to use alternative routes.

Multiple vehicles were involved in a car crash on I15 near the Osgood exit Saturday afternoon before officials closed the interstate.

Witnesses say blowing dust is extremely bad in the area and visibility is limited.

A National Weather Service wind advisory for Burley, Shoshone, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St. Anthony, Island Park, Driggs, Soda Springs, Lava Hot Springs, INL Complex and all districts of the Fort Hall Reservation until 8 p.m.

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Winds at 25-35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected. Locations across the Arco Desert east toward I-15 may see gusts closer to 55 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials are waiting for wind to calm down before reopening the road.

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