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Calm Before the Storm

18 May 2022
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 11:11 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We started seeing clear skies around much of the state today, which is a nice change from yesterday, with a lot of the activity of severe thunderstorm staying in Colorado and a lot more snowfall staying to the northwestern states for now. A little bit of cloud cover is starting to push through from the northwest as this cold front begins moving toward our state. Expect some isolated showers tonight with the majority of them starting to take place by early afternoon tomorrow with widespread rain showers. By this time, expect most of the snow to stick to the mountains until temperatures drop off during Thursday overnight. This widespread snowfall will continue throughout the day on Friday and bring only a couple inches to many of the big cities.

Rain and snow showers will pick up during the afternoon hours as the cold front pushes through...
Rain and snow showers will pick up during the afternoon hours as the cold front pushes through and will be dropping off temperatures as a result.(Jordan Frazier)

Before this frontal system pushes through, expect very strong wind gusts picking up from the west. Gusts themselves will be getting over 50 mph and causing a number of partial closures and delays on the major interstates and highways throughout the state. Moving into Friday, the wind will shift coming from the north resulting in a big drop in temperatures for both the highs as well as the lows. Until then, expect temperatures tonight to be on the warmer end of the spectrum with a mix of 40s and 50s due to the increase in cloud cover.

The winds of change will be bringing significant change into the region after blowing...
The winds of change will be bringing significant change into the region after blowing everything off your porch with strong gusts throughout the day.(Jordan Frazier)

For tomorrow’s high, it will vary depending on where in the state you are as a cold front will already start making headwind throughout the Northwestern corner. Expect a mix of 50s and 60s in the north and some 70s and 80s in the south. As precipitation chances go up over the next few days the temperatures will drop off before slowly warming back up toward the end of the weekend and into early next week. Many of the northern cities are expected to see widespread rain and snow showers tomorrow while the southern cities will be seeing that on Friday.

High temperatures tomorrow are all over the place which just shows how strong this cold front...
High temperatures tomorrow are all over the place which just shows how strong this cold front is and how far the temperatures will drop on Friday.(Jordan Frazier)

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