First Comes the Snow, Then Comes the Wind
December 15th, 2020
After a weekend in which much of Wyoming got to see its fair share of snow, the system that brought it has finally left us. However, pretty much every time it snows in Wyoming it is followed up with strong winds, and this time looks to be no different. Those crazy Wyoming Winds are coming back during the overnight hours tonight, and will be with us through at least the first half of tomorrow. Expect reduced visibility on roadways, especially on I-80 where a few inches of snow fell over the weekend, as the wind blows the snow from place to place. Light and High Profile closures are also likely along I-80 in the Medicine Bow region, and will also be possible between Cheyenne and Laramie. Sustained wind speeds of over 30 mph are expected around Southeast Wyoming tonight with gusts over 50 mph. The main areas affected will be Cheyenne, Laramie, Wheatland, and potentially Torrington and Rawlins.
The good news is the wind is only expected to be here through tonight and up until about lunchtime tomorrow. Things will be a lot warmer tomorrow when compared to today as well, so hopefully some of that snow will begin to melt. The next wave of snow looks to impact Wyoming beginning Thursday afternoon and lasting into Friday morning. The areas most likely to be impacted are the mountainous northwest along with Central Wyoming, including cities such as Jackson, Riverton, and Casper. Cheyenne likely will not see any of this on Thursday as the Laramie Mountains will keep much of it to the west. However the chances do ramp up slightly come Friday morning.
Following that bout of winter weather, the Wyoming winds will follow again. This time however looks to be worse, especially on Sunday. As of now Saturday looks to be a borderline breezy/windy day with sustained speeds over 25 mph and gusts over 40. Sunday however looks as though it could be one of the worst we have seen this fall. Sustained speeds may be approaching or exceeding 40 mph and gusts will likely be over 60 mph. Temperatures should be a good deal warmer by the time this arrives, however, and things could change for the better between now and then as well.
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