Snowy Pattern Sets Back in Ahead of Daylight Savings Weekend
March 10th, 2021
The warm weather we saw for the past week was quite enjoyable, but the reality is that winter is not over yet. In fact, March and April are the snowiest months in Wyoming, and we need a good amount of snow between now and the summertime to try and alleviate drought conditions ahead of Fire Season. Some big relief looks to be on its way this weekend, however the amount of snow the models are currently hinting at could cause some major problems for the state.
For the rest of today some scattered snow showers will remain possible, however the impacts should be limited. There hasn’t been too much snow accumulation in Southeast Wyoming, however some folks in Casper have reported receiving up to a foot at this time. Casper could realistically receive a couple more inches before the day is through, and the same goes for Riverton and Douglas. We are likely done seeing snow accumulate in Cheyenne for today.
As for the rest of the work week, snow activity looks to resume along the I-80 corridor during the afternoon and evening hours tomorrow before shifting its focus to Southeast Wyoming. The temperatures are warmer this week with the snow than what we typically see, meaning the snow is wetter and more icy, and could result in roadways being more slick. Temperatures dropping into the teens and low 20s overnight could result in roads icing over heading into the early morning hours, leading to treacherous travel conditions tomorrow and Friday morning. For locations like Cheyenne, once that snow begins to set in tomorrow afternoon/evening, it will likely remain with us through the weekend with only a few breaks expected during the afternoon hours of Friday. For Casper, the snow should give us a break tomorrow save for a chance of an isolated shower in the evening after what we got overnight and into this morning. The snow will resume again Friday afternoon and continue for much of the weekend.
As for this weekend. Amounts are still up in the air, but know that several inches, if not feet, are expected at this time. Impacts to travel will likely be major along the interstates, and air travel in Cheyenne, Casper, and Denver will also likely be affected with cancellations of flights expected.
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