Windy Weekend Ahead
November 13th, 2020
Another week has come to a close in Wyoming, and the windy conditions expected this weekend seem to have started a bit early for a few of us. The Capital City has seen wind gusts of over 60 mph already today, and Casper got the day started with sustained speeds of 30 mph before the sun even rose. The windy conditions are not very widespread today however, and temperatures are the warmest they have been all week. Things are not nearly as crazy in places like Laramie, Douglas, or Torrington, and likely will not be until at least the overnight hours tonight if not tomorrow. High Wind Warnings are in effect for parts of southeastern Wyoming until 2:00 AM Sunday morning, with the rest of the region under a High Wind Warning until 11:00 PM Saturday night. For Central Wyoming the High Wind Warnings are in effect until 6:00 PM Saturday evening. Tropical storm force winds will be commonplace around the state Saturday afternoon, and a few places could see wind gusts in excess of 70 mph.
As for the snow chances this weekend, those are most certainly highest west of the Continental Divide. A few showers are still likely along the I-80 corridor and into parts of Central Wyoming, but accumulations should be minimal outside of the snowy range for these regions. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the western counties of Wyoming as well as the Snowy Range until 11:00 PM Saturday night. The snow is expected to move in during the overnight hours tonight, beginning in the western counties and pushing eastward as the night progresses. Places like Cheyenne and Casper may wake up to some snowfall, but as mentioned before, accumulations will either be nonexistent or minimal. The cold front bringing these snow chances will cancel out the warmth that has finally come to Wyoming to finish the week as it brings snow to the state.
Over the long run however temperatures are expected to warm up. Cheyenne will see temperatures climb into the mid 60s by the middle of next week, Casper will see the low 60s, and Scottsbluff Nebraska will likely see things break the 70 degree mark. The Climate Prediction Center anticipated that overall the month of November would be above average in terms of temperatures and below average in terms of precipitation, a lot of which has to do with the current La Niña pattern. This pattern is also why we have seen such massive temperature fluctuations and less storm systems. It’s also why the storm systems that have come through have also been larger. It is hard to tell as of now, but things may cool down ahead of Thanksgiving week, and the odds of some sort of system arriving ahead of the Turkey Day are also on the rise.
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