More Winter Weather Arrives Thursday/Friday AM
January 6th, 2021
A pleasant break from the wind (for most of us) and the snow has arrived for the middle of the first full week of 2021, however the break will be short lived. High pressure of the Rocky Mountains will move south towards Texas as the nighttime hours of Wednesday arrive, and the next low pressure and round of winter weather will begin to push into Wyoming beginning early Thursday morning. The clouds associated with this will begin moving in during the overnight hours tonight, continuing to blanket the state throughout the day on Thursday.
The snow itself will begin in the mountainous northwest region of the state early Thursday morning, likely around the time of the sunrise. For most of Thursday, the snow will only fall in that region, affecting Yellowstone, Jackson, the Tetons, and potentially Cody. Once the late lunchtime hours arrive is when the far northern cities of the state will begin to see snow, such as Sheridan, Worland, Buffalo, and Gillette. If Cody hasn’t seen snow up to this point, it will be joining the cities just listed. The snow is not expected to arrive into Central Wyoming until after the dinnertime hours. Sometime between 7pm and 10pm is when it will likely arrive in Casper, Riverton, Douglas, and potentially Lander. The snow will likely hang through much of the overnight hours in this region, continuing to push south as the night progresses. Arrival for southeast Wyoming is not expected until early Friday morning, and locations such as Cheyenne and Laramie are not guaranteed to see any snow, as it looks to become spotty by the arrival of Friday morning. Fort Collins and Greeley in Northern Colorado likely will not be impacted.
Strong winds are not anticipated with this system, meaning that snow squalls are also going to be unlikely. Snowfall amounts are also forecast to remain quite low, with Thursday expected to be the warmest day of the week outside of Monday for much of Wyoming. Highest totals as of now seem to approach 2 inches for a few areas, and that’s it. Some sunshine is expected during the afternoon hours on Friday, however Friday evening a third weak system will bring in more snow from the west. This one brings a higher chance for snow to Cheyenne and Laramie with it, however again impacts will likely be minimal. Saturday is expected to be the coldest day of the week, with a new warm up trend beginning Sunday into the next work week.
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