(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton has prepared a Holiday Travel Outlook.
As we celebrate the winter solstice today, here’s what you can expect for Christmas week:
According to the NWS, “there will be off and on snow across the western Wyoming mountains, with some light snow moving into the Bighorn Basin Saturday evening. There could also be a few snow showers moving across the I-25 corridor and along portions of I-80, mainly from Rawlins eastward. There will also be some gusty winds, mainly over the mountain passes that could lead to some reduced visibility in blowing snow. There will be some gusty winds along I-80 and into Casper at times too. The snow begins to taper off on Sunday across the area but there could be some low stratus and fog with some flurries in the central basins that could cause travel issues.
If your travel plans take out outside the state…between Saturday and Monday, much of the northern intermountain west will see some snow, as will the midwestern states into the Great Lakes. There could also be some ice just to the southeast of that band of snow shown on the map on the left hand side of this graphic. Southeast of the ice, it looks like there could be some very heavy rain with flooding possible. Be sure to check the local NWS forecasts before you go and plan accordingly.
Back at home this Christmas Eve and Christmas day, there is a chance of snow just about anywhere across the state. There are still some timing and intensity differences between the forecast models so stay tuned…but overall, it looks like we could see a pretty potent cold front with some snow for your Christmas!”
–National Weather Service, Riverton