More Snow Shower Opportunities This Week

March 22nd, 2021
The Opening to Weather Segments
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Published: Mar. 22, 2021 at 11:57 AM CDT
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The final full week of March is already here, which also happens to be the first full week of spring. Temperature wise this week things will remain quite mild with most locations seeing highs stay in the upper 30s and lower to mid 40s, and snow showers will be possible a few days this week to accompany the mild conditions. Because the temperatures are a bit on the warmer side in regards to snow, some locations could potentially see rain showers instead, however most will see wet and heavy snow.

The first opportunity of showers looks to arrive tomorrow thanks to leftover energy from a powerful system that hit Colorado yesterday and into today. These showers are expected to begin in the middle of the state around sunrise tomorrow morning, quickly becoming widespread across Central and Northern Wyoming during the afternoon hours. The far northeastern part of the state looks to be the warmest, and thus locations like Gillette and Newcastle may see rain showers instead of snow. Casper and Riverton will likely see the snow showers throughout the day and into the evening, while places like Cheyenne and Laramie likely will not see it arrive until the dinnertime hours tomorrow into the overnight hours towards Wednesday.

Strong breezes from the north are also expected to accompany the snow showers, which will help to cool things off just a bit. The wind won’t be crazy; sustained speeds are expected to hang in the 20-25 mph range with gusts potentially over 40 mph. It will be a cold and noticeable wind, however, adding a bit of a bite to the air. It could lead to some blowing snow, however with temperatures in the lower 30s and upper 20s while the snow is falling, it will be a wetter snow vs the typical dry snow Wyoming sees during the winter months.

Accumulations should be kept quite low, as these are just showers, however roads may be icy early Wednesday morning. The good news about the snow being a bit more wet is that it will help drought conditions more than a dry snow, which is good news for areas like Casper, Buffalo, and Riverton that are still in a Level 4 Extreme drought.

The second opportunity for snow showers this week looks to arrive Thursday evening through Friday thanks to a late week cold front.

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