The First Storm has Arrived
October 22nd, 2020
Gone are the warm conditions that we have had since that crazy storm to start September. The first snow of the fall is now here in Wyoming (the one in September was a summer snow), and conditions aren’t going to be rebounding back to the 80s this time. Most if not all of Wyoming saw high temperatures for today during the overnight hours, and lows later tonight could set records in both Cheyenne and Casper. The warmth from before this storm is having a bit of an impact on the storm, however. Accumulations of snowfall are still not happening right away; it’s taking a couple of hours for ground temperatures too cool off to a point in which the snow is sticking. This process takes even longer on pavement. Therefore for many locations snow accumulations for this first round of snow will either be insignificant or just a dusting.
That “delay” in accumulation will not be happening with our next bout of winter weather over the weekend. This first storm is cooling things off dramatically ahead of that one, and while temperatures will attempt to rebound tomorrow afternoon, they will be unsuccessful thanks to a second, more powerful system. The second system will move into Wyoming early Saturday morning, coming in from the northwest. While totals are not yet conclusive, expect there to be travel issues with this one. Locations like Casper could be seeing accumulations in excess of 6 inches, while Cheyenne could potentially see anywhere between 2 and 6 inches. Luckily crazy winds are not expected to accompany this system, which is something we don’t see very frequently in Wyoming. Snow drifts will still be possible in areas however, and outdoor temperatures are going to be sub zero for some locations heading into Monday morning.
There will be another update ahead of this system tomorrow before it arrives on Saturday.
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