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The Wyoming Winds have Returned

November 10th, 2020
The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for much of Southeastern Wyoming for...
The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for much of Southeastern Wyoming for Tuesday afternoon.(KGWN)
Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 12:06 PM CST
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During the winter months last year, a common occurrence across Wyoming would be a storm system bringing a few inches of snow to much of the state. Typically the winds on the day in which it snowed were relatively calm (for Wyoming that is). The following day however the sun would shine bright, but the wind would blow hard, usually blowing up clouds of snow off of rooftops and across interstates. That same pattern is now back for us again. Yesterday afternoon and evening the southeastern part of Wyoming got a few inches of snow, with the highest reported amounts being around 5 inches. That snow is now being blown everywhere as sustained wind speeds in excess of 30 mph grip the region. Interstate 80 is dealing with light-high profile vehicle closures again because of extreme crosswinds as well as reduced visibility with all of the blowing snow. It’s not quite a ground blizzard however; there would need to be more snow and the winds would have to be stronger.

As a result of a few inches of snow Monday night and now some packing winds this afternoon,...
As a result of a few inches of snow Monday night and now some packing winds this afternoon, portions of I-80 and I-25 are closed to all Light and High-Profile vehicles because of an extreme blowover risk.(KGWN)
Wind gusts are beginning to get stronger as the lunchtime hours arrive, especially along the...
Wind gusts are beginning to get stronger as the lunchtime hours arrive, especially along the I-80 corridor. This has resulted in portions of the interstate to be closed to Light and High-Profile Vehicles.(KGWN)

The good news is the fact that snowfall is really only expected in the western half of the state today, where overall the winds are much calmer. That snow will advance further eastward in the form of showers tomorrow, especially late. Luckily the crazy winds of today are only expected to last into the evening. Nobody is guaranteed to see snow tomorrow, however places like Laramie and Casper have a higher chance to see it than Cheyenne. Breezy conditions will also hang around locations such as Casper and Rawlins, so blowing snow could be a hazard in those regions late tomorrow as well. The winds will become breezy again in Cheyenne come Thursday, when once again sunny skies are expected to dominate the state.

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