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Snow and Delays

26 December 2021
Published: Dec. 26, 2021 at 9:02 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s starting to feel more like winter in Wyoming given that the continual cold fronts are dropping temperatures and bringing in multiple rounds of snow. The western regions of the state are continuing to get about half a foot to a foot in accumulation each day while the eastern side is starting to see more snow as well. As a result of the snow and strong wind gusts, it is not a great time for travelling. I80 from Evanston to Cheyenne is completely closed off as well as many highways leading off of the interstate. In areas where there aren’t closures, there are a number of moderate and high delays. I25 from Cheyenne to Casper is going through partial delays, especially when the snow was falling. As the frontal system is just stalling out on top of the state, snow squalls keep forming from the strong winds causing whiteout conditions. These winter conditions are expected to continue over the next few days with a significant cold front coming through just before the new year.

With a stalled out front continuing to dump moisture on the state, more snowfall is expected...
With a stalled out front continuing to dump moisture on the state, more snowfall is expected for the western regions and high elevations.(Jordan Frazier)

Winds are not going away either which is not good news. With the strong Wyoming winds and the amount of snowfall spread across the state is causing a number of closures due to strong winds for high profile vehicles and low visibility conditions to the point where it is just dangerous to drive. Gusts are expect to get up to 50 MPH for the southern, western and central regions of the state. The eastern side will catch a break but expect wind chill values to get down to single digits and even the negatives.

Strong winds are funneling towards the low pressure system in the middle of state resulting in...
Strong winds are funneling towards the low pressure system in the middle of state resulting in blowing snow and whiteout conditions associated with road delays and closures.(Jordan Frazier)

Overnight tonight, expect windy conditions with an isolated chance if snow showers. Lows will range anywhere from the low 20 to the single digits. Tomorrow, expect clearer conditions with snow chances in the western half and high elevations. Highs will be either just above or below the freezing point. New Years Eve and Day look to be one of the coldest this week with single digit to negative lows and chances for snow. Please make travel plans accordingly.

While the second cold front is stalled out in the central regions of the state, temperatures...
While the second cold front is stalled out in the central regions of the state, temperatures will continue dropping starting off your work week with a cold new year expected.(Jordan Frazier)

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