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Warm Sunday With a Mix of Cold Front Weather Elements

A little bit of everything as Day Rain, Evening Snow, and Potential Isolated Afternoon Thunderstorms Come With the Next Cold Front
Published: Mar. 19, 2022 at 7:43 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming is getting into the 50s and 60s as Spring starts Sunday. The state will get a mild cold front to start the season off with some rain, snow and breezy winds Sunday with a chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms in the central and western mountainous parts of the state. The front will pass by Monday morning leaving us chilly for a couple days. While winter’s in Wyoming seem to last longer, this cold front passing with its milder temperatures and thunderstorm potential are an indicator for the turning of the season.

Wyoming gets one more day of warmth to start Spring. A cool down will occur Monday and Tuesday.
Wyoming gets one more day of warmth to start Spring. A cool down will occur Monday and Tuesday.(Ryan Shollenberger)

Snowfall amounts are not very high across the state. The last snow event verified its snowfall totals better than previous frontal systems. The initial forecasts are several inches to the west, 1 to 2 inches in Central, and less than 1 inch in eastern Wyoming should be fairly accurate. The timing of the front has it entering the western border Sunday morning, reaching Central by late afternoon, and getting to Cheyenne late Sunday evening. By Monday morning cold temperatures will be left behind as highs sink to around freezing for Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be in the teens and low 20s for 48 hours. There could be some isolated light snowfall in southeast Wyoming throughout Monday as we saw with the last snow event but more than likely it will keep us cold with cloud coverage and not add significantly to snow accumulation.

Cold front makes its way across Wyoming. You may see rain initially ahead of the front before...
Cold front makes its way across Wyoming. You may see rain initially ahead of the front before it starts to cool down into the evening and with the cold air behind the frontal boundary.(Ryan Shollenberger)

Winds will continue to be breezy from the south Sunday morning near 25mph at Riverton, Buffalo and Gillette. Sunday afternoon winds will shift from the south to the northwest as the cold front cuts through the state. Winds along the frontal boundary will in the 30 to 40mph range. When the cold front has moved past Wyoming by Monday morning, wind gusts along the eastern border will reach 35 to 40mph as the storm organizes itself moving into South Dakota and Nebraska.

Wind direction and speed will change as this cold front moves across Wyoming Sunday. Wind...
Wind direction and speed will change as this cold front moves across Wyoming Sunday. Wind speeds will be 35-40mph at times. Wind direction will be SSW until the front passes and will be NNW after.(Ryan Shollenberger)

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