Rain/Snow Possible for Many this Weekend
October 16th, 2020
October is typically when Wyoming sees rain shift into snow for good as patterns shift from summer heat to more of a winter chill. Last year the first snowfall of the season was on October 9th, and the state didn’t see rain again until the spring. This year has been a bit different. In early September a freak dip in the jet stream brought unprecedented cold temperatures as well as a handful of snow to the Rocky Mountain Region of the US. The winter conditions did not hang around long, and temperatures soared right back up into the upper 80s and 90s by the end of the week. The system coming this weekend doesn’t have a whole lot of similarity to either of these, however.
Temperatures cooled down for Thursday following a midweek cold front, and now they are bouncing back on this Friday as a warm front passes through. Another cold front will be passing through on Saturday, which is where things get interesting in terms of who is going to see what when it comes to precipitation. The cold front will be coming in from the north, advancing south through Wyoming as the day progresses. In other words, cities in the northern half of the state will have lower high temperatures that will be reached early in the day, while the southern half of the state should see temperatures similar to today’s. Precipitation is expected to begin overnight, and locations such as Buffalo, Douglas, and maybe Casper could wake up to snowfall Saturday morning. As the afternoon draws on, rain looks to fire up in the southeastern region of the state ahead of the cold front. Snow is expected to continue in the northeastern part of the day for much of Saturday. As night falls, a line of snow will set up from Cody and Yellowstone in the west to Torrington and Scottsbluff in the east. This will hang around throughout most of the night, dissipating in the morning before clouds begin to clear out Sunday afternoon. Cheyenne doesn’t have much of a chance to see snow, however the chance is non-zero.
Temperatures look to rebound again during the first half of next week before a steady cool-down towards the weekend. Plenty of cloud cover is expected over the next 7 days as well, however precipitation chances look to be reserved for the northernmost counties of Wyoming.
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