Windy Friday Ahead; Snow Chances Up for Saturday
February 19th, 2021
The wind is returning for us today, and we are already seeing Light and High Profile Closures along I-80 in the Medicine Bow between Laramie and Rawlins. Wind speeds this afternoon are likely to be over 40mph sustained with gusts 60+mph in Cheyenne, Laramie, and Wheatland, with Casper likely to see winds top out over 30mph with the occasional gust that might top 50 mph. The good news is, while the day is starting off relatively cloudy, the cloud cover is likely to break up heading into the lunchtime hours, bringing in more sunshine heading into the late afternoon and early evening hours. Heading into the overnight hours however those clouds will be coming right back.
Tomorrow will stunt the warmup just a bit as winds shift from the west and southwest to the north as a weak cold front moves through the state. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the snowy range until 5:00 am Sunday morning, and for the northwestern region of the state until noon tomorrow. Snow chances will mainly be showers with the exception of the northwestern portion of the state which could see up to half a foot. Casper could see snow totals up to 2 inches, though will likely hover around the one inch mark if not less for tomorrow. Cheyenne and Laramie could see a dusting at the most, as the southeastern portion of the state has an overall lower chance of even seeing the snow tomorrow night. The showers will likely begin during the lunchtime hours in the northern part of the state, slowly moving southeast and weakening as they do so.
Sunday will actually be a cooler day thanks to the aftermath of the cold front, but don’t be fooled: temperatures will shoot up into the mid and upper 40s for many Wyoming cities Monday afternoon before some low 50s are possible heading into Tuesday. Sunday looks to be a windy but sunny day in Southeast Wyoming with more widespread strong winds expected Monday afternoon.
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