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Cold and Windy

15 December 2021
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 11:48 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - First off, this cold front brought weather conditions of all kinds throughout the entire United States. Locally, the northern and western regions saw snow showers beginning overnight last night and continuing throughout the morning. Not a lot was accumulated as temperatures lately have been too warm for any significant collection. Just based on preliminary numbers, snow totals only reached about 4 inches at most in cities around the state. Temperatures did take a drop too, but this time it’ll be sticking around a little bit longer with more seasonable conditions lasting until the weekend. Good news is that no more significant snowfall is expected until next week. Some of the higher elevations and mountainous regions can still expect some snow showers tomorrow.

Here are the preliminary snow totals courtesy of NWS Riverton from the snow showers we saw...
Here are the preliminary snow totals courtesy of NWS Riverton from the snow showers we saw overnight last night and throughout this morning.(Jordan Frazier)

The areas of the state that did not see any snow, saw very strong wind gusts instead. Gusts throughout the southeast reached hurricane strength causing a number of road closures, tractor trailer rollovers, and even blinding conditions from dust and snow. Colorado saw clouds of dust and snow blowing from the mountains as the snow and wind combined to cause blinding conditions. The cold front, just the one last week, gained a lot of strength once it hit the Great Plains. Warm air from the southeast helped to fuel severe thunderstorms within the squall line and causing another tornado outbreak across Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The cold artic air being pushed in from the northwest accelerated the cold front to over 100 MPH leaving devastation behind. It is unfortunate that this region of the United State was hit by another tornado outbreak brought upon by a strong cold front just last week.

These are the maximum wind gusts measured today throughout the southeastern region courtesy of...
These are the maximum wind gusts measured today throughout the southeastern region courtesy of NWS Cheyenne.(Jordan Frazier)

Back to local weather impacts, tonight will drop down to more seasonable levels with below freezing temperatures all around and wind beginning to pick up in the central regions. Tomorrow, temperatures warming up, but not that much throughout the state with highs ranging from the 20s in the far west to the 40s in the far east. Luckily, little snow and weaker winds are expected for the next few days.

No surprise that temperatures are going down to more seasonable levels after the cold front...
No surprise that temperatures are going down to more seasonable levels after the cold front passed through the state early this morning.(Jordan Frazier)

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