Strong Winds Continue on Thursday
February 4th, 2021
The cold front has passed and left Wyoming feeling much more seasonal as temperatures for many will not climb above freezing this afternoon. And even for locations that do it may never feel like it did thanks to strong winds and gusts out of the northwest that continue to bring arctic air into the state. While the wind this afternoon may not be the strongest we have seen this winter season, it is strong enough to prompt High Wind Warnings and the wind chills will be bitter. Light and High Profile Closures have already been issued for I-80 and US Highway 287 through the Medicine Bow between Laramie and Rawlins. High Wind Warnings in Southeast Wyoming are in effect until 11:00 am Friday morning.
Top sustained wind speeds in Cheyenne this afternoon could be over 40 mph, however they will likely hang around the 30-40 mph range with gusts topping out over 50 mph. The same can be said for Laramie and Wheatland. For Casper it will most certainly be breezy, but the strongest winds should remain off to the southeast. Wind chills could be up to 20 degrees cooler than the actual temperature for many locations around the state thanks to the northern component in the wind direction. The saving grace this afternoon is that plenty of sunshine is expected.
Despite all the sun, however, the chance for isolated snow showers cannot be ruled out, especially in the northern half of the state. Anywhere that sees one of these showers should not need to worry about accumulations; the snow will be light and the showers short lived. Snow chances will ramp up overnight for the northern and western part of the state before escalating tomorrow afternoon in the central region. Southeast Wyoming likely will not see that action until well after the sunset Friday night.
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