Time to Gear Up for the Large Winter Storm
March 11th, 2021
Snow is all places like Cheyenne will be seeing for the next several days, especially over the weekend. Southeast Wyoming and much of Central Wyoming will be buried as a powerful winter storm moves up from the southeast, bringing several inches (feet in many places) of heavy and wet snowfall between Saturday and Sunday. Cheyenne could be seeing two feet or more, as could Wheatland. Laramie and Scottsbluff Nebraska will likely see more than a foot of snow as well. Casper could see upwards of a foot of snow added to what already arrived from Tuesday into Wednesday.
The potential impacts of this storm involve power outages, being snowed in, as well as large snow drifts in Southeast Wyoming as well as the Nebraska Panhandle thanks to powerful northerly winds expected on Sunday. Sustained speeds are expected to be over 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph; blizzard conditions typically require sustained speeds over 35 mph. The wet, heavier snow could bring down some power lines, especially when it potentially becomes more icy during the overnight hours. Some could be without power for many hours. It would be a good idea to have some food that requires minimal cooking, as the roads will most certainly not be safe to drive on given the snow and wind. Reduced visibility is likely as well, and places like Cheyenne, Scottsbluff, and Laramie could see blizzard conditions on Sunday.
There is potential that the State of Wyoming shuts down from this; the most recent snowstorm that this weekend looks to mirror would be the one from Thanksgiving weekend in 2019, in which blizzard conditions were seen across Southeast Wyoming and I-80 as well as I-25 were shut down through much of Wyoming. Be prepared for commuting issues into work Monday as well, since it will take a massive effort from cleanup crews to maintain the roadways once the snow finally begins to slow heading into Monday.
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