Strong Gusts Today, Warmer Weather Coming
High Wind Warning in effect for some areas
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Temperatures across the area today will be just below freezing or slightly above it for most areas but the sun will be out most of the day which will help melt some of the snow left in the harder hit areas. However, while the snow has stopped falling the winds have picked up substantially in the state and especially in the south and east parts of Wyoming which is why there is a High Wind Warning in effect for Laramie, Platte, Albany, and Carbon counties, including Cheyenne and the Laramie Range. Winds are expected to be over 50 miles per hour which could cause difficulties for those traveling or for trucks hauling trailers. Those warnings will last until 5:00am on Thursday morning so expect strong winds all day.
Today’s highs are pretty close to freezing with most of the area below that freezing mark but thankfully the sun is out melting the snow on the roads. Tonight’s lows however are a different story. Most of the state is either in the teens or in the single digits so a cold night ahead around the area. Factoring in the wind, and tonight will be frigid in most if not all of the state. Luckily there are warmer temperatures ahead and we will be in a warming trend which will bring a break from the frigid temperatures for most of the area.
We do have a warming trend as tomorrow’s highs will be warmer and they will continue to climb as the week goes on with some places getting into the 40s later on in the week. This warming trend will keep us warm through next week as most of the state will be slightly above normal temperatures which is likely good news for everyone after the recent snow and frigid cold.
On Friday however, snow once again enters our area and it’s possible we see some stray snow showers in the area. Accumulation will likely be very limited though as temperatures will be above freezing and what snow does fall will be light and spotty. As the system bringing in the snow gets closer, we’ll have a much better view of where the snow will fall and how much we should expect in total but overall this should only be a minor event unlike our last winter storm that blew through earlier in the week.
Finally looking at our extended forecast for both Casper and Cheyenne, we can see our warming trend in action, although it’s more present in Cheyenne than in Casper. Unfortunately Casper will hover around freezing for the weekend and week ahead but Cheyenne will warm up pretty nicely with temps in the mid to upper 40s next week. Lows will still hover around freezing however so it is possible that overnight wind chills could be very cold. Overall, a nice week ahead in some areas but don’t bring out the spring clothes just yet, we still have plenty of winter yet.
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