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Warmer Conditions for the Rest of the Week

March 17th, 2021
The Opening to Weather Segments
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Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:58 AM CDT
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Finally the time has arrived for the cloud cover to begin to break over Wyoming. The clouds have hung around for most of the state since the snowstorm plowed through the region over the weekend, which has prevented things from really warming up and allowing the snow to melt. The return of the sunshine this afternoon and through the rest of the week will reverse that trend, bringing on warmer conditions to end winter and start off spring on Saturday.

For today, the sun will begin to come out in places further north first, so locations such as Sheridan (which wasn’t impacted much by the storm) and Buffalo began to see sun return early, while Casper should begin to see it more as we head into the lunchtime hours. The same goes for Douglas, which was also slammed over the weekend. For Wheatland, Cheyenne, and Laramie, the sunshine likely won’t return until at least the dinnertime hours tonight, with the possibility that it may not return again until tomorrow. Clear skies are expected during the overnight hours tonight and into tomorrow however, so people across the state should expect to see the sunrise again on Thursday.

With the sunshine returning for the last two full days of the work week, temperatures will begin to climb, and quite quickly too. Most locations around the state should see temperatures climb into the mid 40s on Thursday, with locations along the northern border with Montana likely to see 50s and maybe even lower 60s. This is because these locations are not dealing with melting snow at the same level as say Cheyenne or Casper; the melting process actually cools the air around it as the snow uses the heat to melt into liquid water. Even still, the sunshine directly hitting the snow will allow it to melt a good bit more than what we have seen so far this week. This should definitely help in the battle to clear off roadways.

Friday is when more of us can expect the 50s to return. Friday is the final day of winter, but it will not feel like it as the warming trend continues into the weekend. Casper should see temperatures approach the mid 50s on Friday, with Cheyenne likely to see upper 40s and maybe low 50s. Again, this all being under sunny skies, allowing for more snowmelt. Cheyenne needs to see as much snow melt as possible over the next 4 days. This is because there is already potential for another storm (not nearly as big) to move through the region Sunday and Monday from the south. That could add several more inches to what the Capital City already has. This is still up in the air at this time, but it is something that Cheyenne, Laramie, and Wheatland residents should be mindful of.

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