Final Round of Wind for the Work Week
February 26th, 2021
The end of February has arrived, and it will be ending on a windy note for many in Wyoming, at least for the final Friday of the month and for some the pattern will continue into Saturday. There are also some snow chances to end the month as well, however for most locations those impacts will be minimal. The wind for this afternoon will be very similar to what was experienced around the state Monday and Tuesday, with sustained speeds over 30 mph and gusts over 50 mph for many. High Wind Warnings are in effect for Laramie, Platte, and Albany Counties as well as Elk Mountain until 8:00 pm tonight. The snow chances will mainly be in Northwest Wyoming for today, with some localized snow in the snowy range. There are Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in effect for that region until 6:00 am tomorrow morning. Some of these showers will move east along the I-80 corridor into Southeastern Wyoming this evening and tonight, with limited impacts expected.
Looking ahead into Saturday, a second wave of snow will begin along the Wyoming-Montana border overnight tonight, pushing southward throughout the early morning hours Saturday. There is a good chance those of us in Casper, Douglas, Gillette, and Riverton could wake up to snowfall Saturday morning. Accumulations from this wave will be more than what Southeast Wyoming sees late Friday night, however they still should not be a lot. Casper should keep it under 2 inches, and the same goes for Riverton and Douglas. As this wave of snow continues to push south Saturday afternoon, it will become less of a widespread system and more localized showers, again with the potential for dustings in places like Wheatland, Cheyenne, and Laramie. Speaking of those latter locations, yet another round of powerful winds is expected Saturday afternoon, similar to today, Monday, and Tuesday. This could lead to an afternoon possibility of snow squalls.
Sunday should see all the clouds and snow clear out as sunshine will begin to dominate the state heading into March. It will be a cool and breezy afternoon for many around the state as temperatures top off in the upper 20s and lower 30s following Saturday’s cold front, but the cool conditions will be short lived as a powerful ridging pattern will bring warmer temperatures, high pressure, and sunshine to Wyoming throughout next week to kick off the new month.
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