White Christmas! Riverton records third most snowfall and record high precipitation

Residents of Shoshoni and Eastern Fremont County woke up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning. (Photo by David Manchester)

Residents of Shoshoni and Eastern Fremont County woke up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning. (Photo by David Manchester)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Forecast Office in Riverton said on Christmas Day that the three inches of snow on the ground here is the third most ever for a Christmas morning, but not that far off the record. The most snow that was on the ground on this date was in 1949 when four inches of the white stuff covered the landscape. Riverton also set a record high for precipitation on Dec. 24th with 0.11 inches, besting the former record by 0.04 inches of moisutre.

Lander recorded about two inches of snow.

In a report issued this morning after 7 a.m., Riverton had accumulated 0.15 inches of precip overnight while Lander had 0.12 inches. Snowfall amounts reported in Jeffrey City was two inches and three inches was reported in Hudson. Dubois also had some significant snowfall, but the official total was unavailable.

The forecast for Christmas day across Fremont County is for sunny and cold with some breeze making it feel like the temperature is -5 to -10 degrees in the lower elevations.

The snow was falling Monday late afternoon in Dubois. (June Bonasera photo)

The snow was falling Monday late afternoon in Dubois. (June Bonasera photo)

Downtown Riverton's holiday lights reflected off of falling snow on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. (Ernie Over photo)

Downtown Riverton’s holiday lights reflected off of falling snow on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. (Ernie Over photo)

The lighted bicycle atop Lander's grain elevator was the crowing touch for a Christmas Eve snowfall event. (Ernie Over photo)

The lighted bicycle atop Lander’s grain elevator was the crowing touch for a Christmas Eve snowfall event. (Ernie Over photo)