(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service Office in Riverton has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect Thursday evening through Friday morning for central Wyoming.
“Another storm system may bring a significant amount of early season snowfall to locations along and east of the divide Thursday night and Friday,” states the watch notice. “This system will be a bit colder and windier than the last so the impact on trees and power lines is expected to be lessened … however … much more snow accumulation is possible in Lander and Casper where the ingredients for a heavy snow could potentially come together. The stronger winds and heavier snow along the I-25 corridor could significantly impact travel on Thursday night and Friday with a difficult morning commute possible Friday morning for Casper.”
This storm system follows a heavy snow a week ago that downed trees and power lines across Fremont County. Dubois and Lander received 3 inches each, and Riverton topped 6 inches in some places.
More information on this week’s storm below:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * TIMING...A RAIN SNOW MIX THURSDAY EVENING WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW LATE THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVIEST BETWEEN MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNRISE ON FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...WINDS WILL BE GUSTY FROM THE NORTH WHICH WILL ENHANCE THE COLDER TEMPERATURES BUT MAY SAVE TREES FROM EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM THE WET EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL. * MAIN IMPACT...PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WIND MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING...IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. A WIDESPREAD 4 TO 7 INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS WITH OVER 8 INCHES POSSIBLE IN LANDER. FAVORED UPSLOPE LOCATIONS AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS COULD RECEIVE 10 TO 12 INCHES. * OTHER IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO TREES ALREADY WEAKENED BY THE LAST STORM. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA.