Next Cold Front Comes Through Tonight
April 8th, 2021
Another opportunity for a bit of drought relief has presented itself to Wyoming, once again in the form of a cold front with some snow rolling in from the north heading into the overnight hours. This comes on the back end of another warm day around the state, however it’s not quite as warm as Monday was before the first cold front this week and we are seeing some stronger wind this time around as well. This cold front will also be limited in the amount of rain it brings as temperatures will be a bit cooler at its time of arrival, instead bringing more wet and heavy snow.
Temperatures this afternoon will reach the 60s for many locations around the state, with the northern and central regions likely to see mid to upper 60s ahead of the cold front’s arrival tonight. Wind speeds this afternoon will likely hang in the 20-25 mph range with gusts primarily between 30 and 40 mph, however a few may be stronger. Cloud cover will begin to fill in to Northern and Central Wyoming during the late afternoon and evening hours, however precipitation likely will not arrive until after sundown.
The northernmost counties will be hit first, and these are the ones with a chance for a bit of rain before it shifts into snow. Sheridan, Campbell, and Big Horn Counties will have a shot at a little bit of rain before temperatures hit freezing, with an off chance that Crook and Weston Counties in far Northeast Wyoming may also see rain. But by the time the front arrives in Central Wyoming for Casper and Douglas, the precipitation will most certainly be snow. This will likely be around the midnight hour if not a bit later. Locations such as Casper could see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however the warmth from today will delay that process just a bit. Nothing major is expected out of the cold front tonight in terms of accumulations.
Southeast Wyoming will not see this arrive until the sunrise hours of Friday, with cloud cover likely not even arriving until after midnight. By the time the front arrives in Southeast Wyoming, the snow will be more scattered in nature and likely a bit lighter as well, meaning that places like Cheyenne and Laramie will likely not see any accumulations at all. It isn’t even a guarantee that Cheyenne will see any snow out of this. What Cheyenne will see tomorrow morning however is powerful winds from the northwest. Sustained speeds early in the day will likely be in excess of 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph, however as the day progresses these should calm to strong breezes between 20-25 mph and gusts between 30 and 40 mph, much like today. Cloud cover should begin to break up before lunchtime in Central Wyoming and shortly thereafter in the southeastern corner, however high temperatures for the most part will remain below the 50 degree mark.
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