Gloomy and Chilly Conditions Persist Along the I-80 Corridor Wednesday
April 21st, 2021
Much of the state is finally beginning to climb out of the hole brought on by a series of cold fronts the past couple of weeks today as springtime temperatures look to make a return this weekend and persist into next week. The Northern and Central thirds of Wyoming are seeing a good bit of sunshine today and temperatures this afternoon are expected to climb into the 40s, with the northern part of the state expected to see upper 40s and the central part into the lower and mid 40s. Only one chance for precipitation remains for these parts of the state and that will arrive overnight Thursday and into Friday with a very mild cold front.
Then there is the southern third of Wyoming. A weak system over Colorado is keeping the clouds over the I-80 corridor all day today with some snow chances later this evening, especially for Cheyenne and Laramie in the southeastern corner. Temperatures for the central and western parts of the corridor are still expected to climb into the lower and mid 40s, it’s just going to be cloudy instead of sunny. Cheyenne and Laramie however are not even expected to crack the 35 degree mark. The thickest cloud cover will hang over Southeast Wyoming through the day today, and as mentioned before that region also has the highest chances for snow showers this evening and tonight.
The good news about the snow chances for tonight is that there shouldn’t be enough to cause any issues on I-80, which is prone to closures frequently with winter weather. The showers will likely begin to arrive during the late evening hours from the south for Cheyenne and Laramie and some could persist into the early morning hours of Thursday. The Nebraska Panhandle could see showers last a bit later into Thursday morning, but again, impacts are expected to be minimal.
Thursday afternoon will see the majority of the state see temperatures climb above the 50 degree mark, with Cheyenne expected to climb to about 50 and Casper into the mid 50s at about 55. The northern border of the state could see temperatures approach the 60 degree mark. Sunshine should take over practically all of Wyoming by the lunchtime hours Thursday, allowing things to warm up a bit ahead of a mild cold front tomorrow night and into Friday. That looks to bring in some snow showers early that will likely shift into rain showers for many as they push south and temperatures climb into the upper 40s and lower 50s. Full blown spring temperatures are expected this weekend with highs in the 60s and maybe even the lower 70s come Sunday. Strong winds do look to move in with the warmth this weekend however.
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