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Wyoming Winds will Once Again Welcome the New Year

January 1st, 2020
After a calm Friday afternoon, the strong winds look to return to southeast Wyoming on Saturday...
After a calm Friday afternoon, the strong winds look to return to southeast Wyoming on Saturday and become more widespread on Sunday.(KGWN)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 11:59 AM CST
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New Year’s Day 2020 was one of the windiest days across Wyoming of all of 2020, with the year starting off with a bang. The winds were howling as early as 6:00 am in Cheyenne to kick off 2020, and more wind is in store to start 2021. This time however Wyoming is giving us a breather for Friday, in which plenty of sunshine is expected along with calm conditions for wind. Southeast Wyoming is starting the new year on a cloudy note, however the cloud cover is not expected to stay all day.

Saturday the winds will begin to pick up in the southeastern part of the state and into the Nebraska Panhandle, however they are not expected to be too crazy for most locations. Laramie and Wheatland however are expecting Wild Winds for both Saturday and Sunday. Cheyenne, Torrington, and the rest will likely see sustained wind speeds between 25 and 30 mph, with parts of the day potentially reaching higher. Gusts will likely be in excess of 40 mph in these locations as well. There is also the possibility that Cheyenne could overall see stronger winds than the current forecast. Laramie and Wheatland will likely see sustained speeds over 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph on Saturday. For Casper, it will likely be our typical 25ish mph winds from the southwest for Saturday afternoon. The good news is temperatures around much of the state will be over 40 degrees on Saturday under mostly sunny skies, so the wind chills will not be bitter.

Sunday is when the rest of southeast Wyoming joins Laramie and Wheatland with sustained wind speeds likely topping 40 mph and gusts likely topping 60 mph. Casper will likely not see conditions as bad, however sustained speeds of 35+mph and gusts over 50mph from the southwest should still be expected. For Laramie the winds will likely be from the west, and the same goes for Cheyenne and Wheatland. Scottsbluff Nebraska will also see strong winds, however not quite as bad as places like Cheyenne. Douglas will also see winds similar to Wheatland, however they may not be quite as bad either. More good news with temperatures however, as the mid to upper 40s are expected for much of Eastern Wyoming Sunday afternoon.

Once Monday arrives the winds are expected to calm, and Monday also looks to be the warmest day of the coming week as well. There are still chances for snow on Tuesday, as of now however the GFS (American Model) is not forecasting any snow for Tuesday while the European has forecast 6+ inches in places like Casper. This will be something to watch over the first weekend of 2020.

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