Snowfall Expected for Central and Western Wyoming; Colder Temperatures Expected

Bryan Dijkhuizen

This morning, a cold upper trough is passing through the state, and the upper level jet is passing through. This has resulted in bands of moderate to heavy snow falling throughout the central and southwest United States since yesterday evening and continuing as of the time of this writing.

Parts of the Wind River Basin were under the influence of a narrow heavy snow band that dumped at least 5 to 8 inches of snow from Riverton to Lander between 2 a.m. and 2 a.m. this morning. The CWA will very certainly get reports of comparable sums from other sectors of the organization.

Early this morning, the cold front is moving southwestward and into southwest Wyoming. Snow has mostly melted in the mountains of the Northern Hemisphere, with some minor accumulations remaining in the basins.

The chilly trough and snow that is expected today will be the main concerns. Winter highlights have been canceled in the northwest zones since the worst has passed there.

Light snow will continue to fall in the northern mountains today, resulting in only moderate accumulations of snow. Small amounts of light snow will fall over the Big Horn basin and Johnson County today, with less accumulation expected in the afternoon.

Snow will continue to fall during the afternoon in the southwest, central, and southern zones, before tapering off before nightfall. New snowfall of 1 to 3 inches per hour will be the average, with larger amounts occurring locally when snow bands form.

For the most part, the highlights of winter were left alone. The majority of the country will see low temperatures and very severe wind chill values today. The far western hemisphere will have the mildest weather today, with highs about 20 degrees.

Single digits and teens are expected elsewhere today, with temperatures in the highlands falling below zero.

Snow will finish in the central and southern United States tonight. Likewise, clouds will be diminishing from the north to the south overnight.

Lows will range from zero to ten degrees below zero in almost all regions, with 10 to twenty degrees below zero in the highlands and certain valleys and basins. If clouds begin to dissipate early in the central and southern hemispheres, certain low temperatures will be cooler than predicted.

The weather will be dry and sunny across the area on Thursday. In the afternoon, high and mid-level clouds will be rising across the Northern Hemisphere.

March's high temperatures will still be in the teens in many areas, making it an extremely chilly month. Some temperatures in the lower 20s will be recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly where there is little or no snow cover.

During the afternoon on Thursday, a strong west to southwest wind will blow across the southern and central wind corridors.

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