Snowstorm hits Riverton, snow day for schools, city busy plowing roadways

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:47 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

As much of the state is experiencing snowfall today, Fremont county got a significant amount according to the National Weather Service in Riverton.

Riverton resident Rob Kramer wasn’t a bit concerned about the spring storm. He stated, “I’ve been waiting for it. I’m retired, if it snows a foot every time, I’m all for it. We need the moisture among others things, but being snowbound does not bother me at all.”

According to the National Weather Service in Riverton, totals as of this morning in Riverton were between 9 inches and close to a foot. Lander snowfall totals were at about 11 inches. It is still snowing in Riverton, so accumulation totals could change.

The snow has a high moisture content and has melted in many areas already. Fremont County School District 25 called a snow day today, while Arapahoe school, Wyoming Indian, and St. Stephen’s called a virtual school day.

Since Rob Kramer from Riverton has lived near Chicago and in Colorado and Alaska, this storm is no big deal to him.

“This is a trial run. I’m used to the snow dumping two to three feet. Where I come from, snow is the norm.” Kramer added.

The city of Riverton has been working on keeping the roads clear all day. Riverton mayor Richard Gard says the city is responsible for clearing all roadways rather than the citizens, and when the accumulation reaches an inch, they start sanding the roads. The city’s front end loader spent time stacking snow on Federal Blvd today, but with the warm weather, not much snow had to be hauled.

It is the citizens responsibility to keep their sidewalks clear, and the city says it’s helpful if they do not clear the snow into the roadways. The mayor noted a better solution would be to clear driveway and sidewalk snow back onto their lawn for the much needed moisture.

“We’re really fortunate to get this kind of weather. The farmers that have their crops in really do like that and the fertilizer, it makes fertilizer work better. Farmers will be calling it a million dollar snowstorm. It really does help our community, we’ve needed snow,” stated Mayor Gard.

The mayor applauded the snow removal crews for their fast response today and he thanks the citizens for their patience with the plows.

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