As the Wind Dies Down, Snow Chances Ramp Up
January 15th, 2021
Finally. The past two days across much of Wyoming have been full of relentless, howling winds, making driving conditions dangerous and adding a bitter wind chill (for yesterday, that is). Today for 90% of the state the wind is much calmer, with the exception being Cheyenne. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne had to issue another High Wind Warning for Central Laramie County until 5:00 PM Friday evening. By contrast the High Wind Warnings in the Nebraska Panhandle have been cancelled despite its closer location to a powerful winter storm over the Midwest. After today there should be a break from extreme winds basically everywhere in Wyoming.
Snow chances however are ramping up as the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend approaches. It begins tonight with snow showers originating in northwest Wyoming during the early overnight hours, becoming more scattered and widespread over Central and Northeastern Wyoming and the Medicine Bow through much of the early morning hours of Saturday shortly after midnight. Southeast Wyoming won’t see the activity until sunrise Saturday morning or later, with no guarantees for snow for Cheyenne or the Nebraska Panhandle. Snow accumulations are again expected to be minimal, with a dusting expected in the hardest hit locations. Only high elevations may actually see measurable snowfall. Once the snow moves out Saturday partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies are expected the rest of the day, however clouds are expected to fill back in for Sunday ahead of MLK Day on Monday.
Monday also brings another chance for snow, and this one could bring a small amount of measureable snowfall to much of the state, particularly Northwest and Central Wyoming. It still will not be a major event, however a few Winter Weather Advisories may be issued ahead of it’s arrival. Another relatively chilly week is expected overall next week, with temperatures in Cheyenne likely to hang around the mid to upper 30s with a shot at the low 40s and Casper hanging in the upper 20s and into the lower 30s. At this time it does not look like next week will be a windy one either, which will be a nice break from that action.
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