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Extreme Wyoming cold frosts even Moscow Ballet

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/8/2016
Steam rises from buildings throughout central Casper, Wyo., on Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2016. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Steam rises from buildings throughout central Casper, Wyo., on Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2016. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — It got so cold in Wyoming, even the Moscow Ballet couldn't move.

Students brave sub-zero temperatures while running across 15th Street toward Kelly Walsh High School, Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2016 in Casper, Wyo. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Students brave sub-zero temperatures while running across 15th Street toward Kelly Walsh High School, Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2016 in Casper, Wyo. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The traveling ballet group famous for performing "The Nutcracker" this time of year couldn't start their buses Thursday morning in Casper.

The temperature in the central Wyoming city plunged to 31 degrees below zero overnight.

Moscow Ballet spokeswoman Sally Michael Keyes says the group's bus and equipment trucks had to be defrosted over several hours.

The delay and worries about driving over snowy passes in Colorado prompted the troupe to cancel a performance Thursday night in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The ballet's home town of Moscow is no stranger to cold and snow, but even Moscow's recent low of 18 degrees wasn't nearly as cold as Casper.

The Moscow Ballet still plans to perform Friday and Saturday in Denver.

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