Near Hurricane Force Winds
4 April 2020
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s that time of year where the spring weather is trying to peak through, but one cold front after another keep stopping it. The interesting thing is that each cold front is different from the other. This time around the cold front is bringing lots of rain and snow showers to the western side of the state while the eastern side is getting near hurricane force wind gusts. First off, expect isolated rain showers to turn into snow showers going into the overnight hours and lasting through the early morning. Snow showers will remain isolated for the northern half of the state over the next few days, and be relatively short-lived due to strong wind gusts pushing them through quickly. High pressure will move back into the region by mid day on Wednesday helping to clear out any of the clouds and moisture still left over from behind the cold front.
The strong wind gusts look to be sticking around just a little bit longer. These winds will be coming in from the north west in the same direction that the frontal system is moving in. It has already resulted in a number of highway and interstate delays along with numerous closures along all of I 25 and much of I 80. These delays and closures are expected to continue for the next 2 to 3 days as these winds persist. Gusts themselves will get up to 70 mph or higher in localized regions. I suggest bringing in any loose items as they may turn into flying debris with how strong the winds are.
Overnight tonight, expect the winds to stay strong in the showers to begin popping up throughout the state. Nothing too heavy is expected and even snow accumulations are under an inch for most regions as the temperatures tonight will stay right around the freezing point before warming up again tomorrow. Tomorrow, expect some slick roads with very strong winds throughout the day and mostly cloudy skies. The worst of the shower activity should be over with but just be sure to bring an umbrella in case and isolated one comes by. For the rest of the week expect the winds to continue going into Wednesday and Thursday before warming up right after that. By the end of the week and heading into the weekend, the winds will calm down and temperatures will begin warming up into the 60s and 70s with mostly clear skies.
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