As the Snow Moves Out, Strong Winds Move Back In

February 18th, 2021
Powerful winds are expected in Southeastern Wyoming Friday afternoon, with breezes picking up...
Powerful winds are expected in Southeastern Wyoming Friday afternoon, with breezes picking up overnight Thursday into Friday morning.(KGWN)
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 7:21 AM CST
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Things are set to warm up a bit around the state as we head into the weekend, and with the exception of Saturday, snow chances are going to be much lower over the next several days as well. However, as the warmer temperatures begin to make a return, a shift in the overall pattern from the stingy trough that has kept things cold recently into a weaker ridge that will allow things to warm back up, strong winds will also return to Wyoming. Temperatures above freezing will make a return for many Friday afternoon, but to accompany those warmer conditions, especially in the southeastern part of the state, powerful winds will dominate the afternoon.

For today, temperatures will be very similar to what we saw yesterday, however with sunshine making a return it will most certainly feel warmer than yesterday. The wind will begin to pickup in the southeastern part of the state overnight, getting stronger as we head into tomorrow afternoon. Sustained speeds for Cheyenne, Laramie, and Wheatland will likely be over 40 mph tomorrow afternoon with gusts potentially topping out over 60 mph. For Casper sustained speeds may top out over 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph. Come Saturday winds will slow in the northern and central parts of the state as snow chances ramp up, however things will likely still be a bit breezy along the I-80 corridor.

Saturday’s snow chances will allow things to cool very slightly heading into Sunday, however temperatures will shoot up into the 40s and low 50s during the early days of next week. Sunday and Monday will also bring strong winds to many parts of the state, especially the southeastern portion. Sustained winds for Monday around Southeast Wyoming will likely be 40+ mph with gusts over 60 mph, and for Casper expect over 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph. There is a chance for snow next Tuesday and Wednesday, however that is a way out and the forecast could easily change by the time those days arrive.

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