Saturday Starts Snow Showers Followed by Windy Sunday
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We had a great warm-up over Thursday and Friday. Now comes the weather. Overnight clouds will start to fill in from the west and north tonight. Showers will start along the northwest borders Saturday morning at sunrise. Through the course of the day, snow showers will move southeast reaching Riverton and Casper in the afternoon hours. Near dusk, the leading edge of snow showers will reach Cheyenne and continue into Sunday morning. However, this snow event will leave the Capital City to Colorado before sunrise Sunday morning. In the storms wake snowfall totals will range from 2 to 3″ from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone, 1 to 2 inches in north-central Wyoming, and an inch or less in eastern Wyoming. Expect some road delays as snowfall will slicken road surfaces.
Winds are also noteworthy. Breezy winds start tonight in northeast Wyoming and migrate southward through the night and morning hours. Gillette reaches the high 30 mph range as Casper and Douglas reach 25-30 mph near 3:00am. By sunrise, Cheyenne will reach over 30 mph. Saturday afternoon breezy winds will stay in the south part of Wyoming up to 25 mph ahead of the cold front moving through the state. Sunday is when the winds really pick-up in between the next weather system that will move across Wyoming Monday. Sunday wind speeds will start in the afternoon and be fastest in the southeast around El Mountain to include Casper, Douglas, Rawlins, and Laramie exceeding 40 mph and even 50 mph in higher elevations. These wind speeds will last into the early evening hours.
Monday starts another snow event. This time for consecutive days into Tuesday. Snowfall and accumulation will be more significant than the weekend snowfall. Those numbers will become available during the weekend forecast. Temperatures will be in decline over the next few days after each of the two cold fronts.
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