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Warm Before the Storm

30 December 2021
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:14 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For the first time in a little bit, temperatures got above freezing for a number of cities across the state. Although, it may have still felt cold considering the wind gusts today were brutal which helped to keep the wind chill values low. There is both good news and bad news ahead. The good news is that the winds will be calming tomorrow and barely even be on the breezy side. This should help out the number of travel delays and partial closures we saw on the roads. The bad news is that a lot of snow is expected for much of the southern half of the Cowboy State. This alone will cause travel delays and closures. So, either way, it seems like the weather is not on our side.

A round of heavy snow showers is expected in the southeastern region with some places expected...
A round of heavy snow showers is expected in the southeastern region with some places expected to get about half a foot as we enter the new year.(Jordan Frazier)

Tomorrow, I mentioned that the wind gusts are expected to be minimal. Given the heavy snow showers expected tomorrow especially by the late afternoon and early evening, this is good. It’ll allow visibility to be better and less snow drifts on the major highways and interstates. Plus it should help out if need to put trash out on the side of the road. Given how cold the predicted temperatures are for tomorrow night, it’ll be nice knowing the wind chill won’t have a significant effect.

After the crazy gusts today, they will be next to nothing tomorrow by comparison. This should...
After the crazy gusts today, they will be next to nothing tomorrow by comparison. This should help out as the snow showers are already going to cause delays.(Jordan Frazier)

Overnight tonight, clouds will be building throughout the region with that chance for some isolated snow showers near the higher elevations and mountain ranges. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy skies will be dominating the region and the highs will not be much different from the low from last night. Snow will begin in the morning with the heaviest starting in the late afternoon and evening. The areas with the most snowfall will be in the southeast with Laramie expecting 5-7 inches and Cheyenne expecting 4-6 inches of accumulation. If the cold temperatures aren’t your ideal way to start off the New Year, don’t worry because temperatures will be warming back up into the 40s by early next week.

Highs tomorrow won't warm up much from the lows overnight as mostly cloudy skies and scattered...
Highs tomorrow won't warm up much from the lows overnight as mostly cloudy skies and scattered snow showers will keep us on the cold side.(Jordan Frazier)

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