Warm and Slushy
7 January 2022
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The winter weather left as quickly as it came. Temperatures began warming up rapidly as we went into the evening hours last night. Believe it or not, it was the stationary front that brought all the snow moved to the north as a warm front, resulting in the rapid increase in temperatures. On top of that, the strong winds coming from the southwest helped to move the front and bring in all the warmer air. As a result, temperatures got into the lower 50s in some areas in the southeast melting a lot of the snow that fell. Unfortunately, that’s when the ugly part of the snow shows. Very slush conditions and dirty snow. On the bright side, it meant that the roads began clearing up around many of the cities resulting in much better driving conditions and few traffic delays around the state.
Some areas are not as lucky like the Elk Mountain and Casper regions. Wind gusts getting up to 50 MPH are resulting in highway closures for high profile vehicles and blowing around a lot of the snow that fell, if it hasn’t melted yet. Yesterday, these gusts did cause blizzard-like conditions around the mountains. While there are no warnings today regarding that, it is still important to be weather aware and give yourself extra time driving just in case you run into low visibility situations.
Overnight tonight, temperatures will be on the warmer end for this time of year with a number of cities getting down to the freezing point or below. As a result, there will likely be patchy ice spots around the state, so be sure to take it slow and give yourself some extra time. Tomorrow, there are the slight chances of snow around the southern, northwest and northern most mountain ranges. Beyond that, we can still see strong winds and warm temperatures all around the state. Breezy and warm conditions look to be sticking around for the majority of this weekend and next week.
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