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Dreaming of a White Christmas

25 December 2021
Published: Dec. 25, 2021 at 11:21 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Some people were dreaming of a white Christmas. For the western side of the state, that was almost a guarantee as temperatures were cold enough and a lot of moisture was pushing through. For the eastern side of the state, it was less likely. But, it seemed Santa worked some of his magic and brought a decent blanketing to the southeast last night. This was certainly surprising as the snow showers were coming from the west and many of the models didn’t predict high snowfall accumulations. What happened was the amount of moisture that this front was carrying was a lot more than original predictions, resulting in greater snowfall amounts and coverage areas. Today, we already saw it melting as temperatures went above the freezing point and the sun came out. Tomorrow, we can expect scattered snow showers throughout the state, but still nothing too significant during the day when the temperatures are warm. During the early morning and late evening, that is a different story.

With the second cold front on the way and excess of moisture in the atmosphere the front is...
With the second cold front on the way and excess of moisture in the atmosphere the front is bringing in, isolated snow showers can be seen across the state.(Jordan Frazier)

Unfortunately, the strong wind gusts will be back in full force tomorrow with windy conditions around much of the state and gusts getting over 50 MPH. Combine that with the fluffy snow we got, and you get a recipe for rough traveling weather. Blowing snow, low visibility, and possible blizzard conditions in higher elevations and mountains. Although, it is something we are used to for this time of year.

After a relatively calm Christmas in terms of wind, it is coming back into the state tomorrow...
After a relatively calm Christmas in terms of wind, it is coming back into the state tomorrow and will likely cause a number of whiteout conditions and travel delays.(Jordan Frazier)

Overnight tonight, temperatures are slowly dropping off compared to the warm conditions over the past week. Not much snowfall is expected with the exception of the far western regions. Lows will continue dropping over the next few days as another cold front is expected to move through. Tomorrow, scattered snow showers are expected, but the eastern side will still be in the low to mid 40s resulting in slushy conditions with those showers. Isolated snow showers and lower temperatures will be the case for the beginning of next week.

After the first frontal system moving through, temperatures are slowly cooling down but are...
After the first frontal system moving through, temperatures are slowly cooling down but are still above the average for what we normally see this time of year.(Jordan Frazier)

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