(Webcam image from the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s camera on Highway 26/287 facing east about a mile east of the Teton/Fremont County line.)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service Office in Riverton is still predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Lander foothills Thursday evening. While showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible as a cold front moves through the Wind River Basin today, Wednesday, snow has begun to fall on Togwotee Pass.
Highs in Lander and Riverton the next couple days are expected to be in the low to mid-40s. Chance of precipitation in both towns is 90 percent for Friday.
The special weather statement issued in the early morning hours of Wednesday is as follows:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY 200 AM MDT WED SEP 25 2013 WYZ003>009-014>019-260000- BIGHORN MOUNTAINS SOUTHEAST-BIGHORN MOUNTAINS WEST-CODY FOOTHILLS- GREEN MOUNTAINS AND RATTLESNAKE RANGE-LANDER FOOTHILLS- NORTH BIG HORN BASIN-OWL CREEK AND BRIDGER MOUNTAINS- SOUTHEAST BIG HORN BASIN-SOUTHWEST BIG HORN BASIN- UPPER WIND RIVER BASIN-WIND RIVER BASIN-WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS EAST- WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS WEST- 200 AM MDT WED SEP 25 2013 ...SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY... A MAJOR STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SHAPE MAINLY FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THE INITIAL COLD FRONT WILL MOVE EAST ACROSS THE AREA LATER TODAY WITH A FEW SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE. STEADIER AND POTENTIALLY HEAVIER PRECIPITATION LIKELY WILL NOT START UNTIL LATER ON THURSDAY...AS SHARPLY COLDER AIR IS USHERED IN WITH THIS SYSTEM...WITH QUITE A FEW AREAS SEEING RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT OR FRIDAY MORNING. THERE IS EVEN A CHANCE OF SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IN THE LANDER FOOTHILLS AND POSSIBLY EVEN RIVERTON IF THE STORM SETS UP RIGHT. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE LANDER FOOTHILLS WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES ALONG THE EAST SLOPE OF THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS. THE WIND RIVER BASIN COULD SEE 1 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW. GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS OVER SOUTH PASS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING SNOW THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR LATER UPDATES ON THIS DEVELOPING MAJOR STORM.