Sunshine to Return this Weekend
April 16th, 2021
We have seen several round of snow throughout this week, but the most consistent thing we have seen since Monday is cloud cover. It has made the entire week feel gloomy to a point, and has also prevented any of the days from feeling warm at all, even when temperatures were in the upper 30s/lower 40s when it typically would not feel all that chilly in the Cowboy State (with the exception of the wind, of course). That pattern should finally break as we move into the weekend.
The low pressure system that brought us the snow this week has pushed off to the southeast, and now we are seeing some lingering showers with light snowfall as we head into the afternoon hours of our Friday. Despite the fact that it is still snowing, accumulations are likely done outside of the higher elevations as temperatures climb to and above the freezing point for most of Wyoming this afternoon. The last opportunity for accumulations would be tonight with any snow showers that linger, however there will not be many of them.
As the low pressure system moves out to the southeast, the majority of the moisture is going with it, which will further promote melting. We will likely see 90% or more of the snow from this week (with the exception of Fremont County and the higher elevations) melt over the weekend as things warm up, especially Sunday. High temperatures for Saturday afternoon will range from the mid 30s into the mid 40s, with the northern part of the state seeing things warm up faster. Cloud cover will break in the northern part of the state first, and some places like Sheridan may begin to see some sunshine later this afternoon/evening. Central Wyoming will likely see partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies beginning rather early on Saturday, while Southeast Wyoming may wake up with some of the clouds from this system still overhead. Those should be gone for the most part by the lunchtime hours.
Sunday looks to be sunny around the state as well as significantly warmer. High temperatures are anticipated to be in the upper 40s and into the lower 50s under clear skies during the afternoon hours on Sunday. The warmup trend will be short lived, however; the next cold front will be pushing in from the north Sunday evening through Monday morning, and with it will come the next wave of snow. Accumulations will likely be higher for several locations with that system due to the fact conditions will be colder than this last one. This will be the scenario for the northern counties of Wyoming as well as places like Casper, where some of the most significant snowfall amounts occur with storms from the north. This will likely not be the case with Cheyenne; the Laramie Mountains to the west tend to keep the majority of the snowfall away from the Capital City. Things will, however, be more favorable for Laramie.
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