Winter Storm Wednesday, Warm Monday and Tuesday
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Warm days followed by a large winter storm are forecasted for our area.
Starting with tonight’s lows things aren’t too bad around the area tonight with the Cheyenne area getting above freezing and Casper being just below. These lows will persist for just one more night before the large winter storm moves and drops our temperatures pretty hard.
Tomorrow’s highs are going to be very warm for the season with many places into or near the 40s and Cheyenne being near 50. Tomorrow night however is when the front starts to move into the area.
As a recap, this is how the storm will set up on Wednesday afternoon with the low and cold front just to the south with strong flow into the cold front bringing gusts into the area and the cold front itself bringing frigid air back to the area along with snow.
That snow threat is why almost all of the cowboy state is under a Winter Storm Warning until Thursday when the storm moves out. We can expect quite a lot of snow and our SnowCast agrees with most areas getting close or over 9 inches and places such as Cheyenne and Rawlins reaching the double digit snow totals. That will cause significant travel impacts around the area so take care on the roads even after Wednesday as the snow may take time to melt. In addition to the snow, we still have those Wyoming winds that will blow snow around which is why the Rawlins area and points west have a Blizzard Warning for the blowing snow. If that wasn’t enough, wind chills on Wednesday and Thursday will be near 20 below so we need to be prepared for frigid winds.
Finally, I do have good news. After this winter storm moves through temperatures warm up and the sun comes out for a nice warm weekend ahead. That weekend will ensure any leftover snow we have on the roads melts off and improves travel around the area. The next week ahead continues that warming trend as well. Hopefully that marks the beginning of spring time weather for us but it’s too soon to say for now. In Casper, the same trend in store for Cheyenne will also be in store for Casper as well with the storm on Wednesday, cold on Thursday, then a warming and sunny trend into the weekend and new week. Overall, let’s enjoy the warmth while we have it and be sure to stay safe on Wednesday.
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