Breaking out your winter clothes, winterizing your yard and vehicles, making hot chocolate… all good ideas this weekend.
Temperatures will drop dramatically Friday, into next week, and remain consistently cooler than normal for at least the next week.
The National Weather Service office in Riverton has issued both a special weather statement and hazardous weather outlook for the weekend:
...Early Season Winter Storm Could Bring Widespread Rain Changing to Snow across the area Sunday into Monday... An unsettled weather pattern is shaping up for the latter half of the week and into early next week, as a series of storm systems impact the area. A system this morning will usher in much cooler conditions with a period of mountain snowfall and a chance of lower elevation rain showers. An even stronger storm system will arrive over the weekend with a high likelihood for periods of mountain snowfall and lower elevation rain changing to snow Saturday night into Sunday night. Significant snow is likely with this storm in the mountains, as well as the Wind River Basin and Lander Foothills, especially above 5000 to 6000 feet in elevation.
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Western and Central Wyoming. .DAY ONE...Today and Tonight. Tonight...Moderate snow possible in the higher elevations of the mountain. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday. Sunday and Monday...Turning much colder with rain and snow spreading across south and central Wyoming on Sunday. Precipitation should change mostly to snow Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning before tapering off. Expect some winter driving conditions with slushy or snow-covered roads, especially above 6000 feet. Monday night...Low temperatures in the 20s will result in a widespread hard freeze across central basins where some vegetation may still be susceptible to freezing temperatures.