Winter Storm Watch through Saturday
January 6, 2005
The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday evening to late Saturday night. A major Pacific storm system is setting the stage for significant snowfall across the valleys and mountains of western Wyoming beginning Friday evening through early next week.
Snow is expected to develop Friday evening, possibly becoming heavy at times overnight Friday night and continuing through Saturday night. Snowfall amounts of 4-8 inches are possible by early Sunday morning with amounts up to 10 inches in the foothills above Pinedale and around Bondurant. The Wind River and Wyoming Range could see up to 18 inches of snow from this storm.
Breezy conditions will create very cold wind chill readings, dipping to around 10 to 15 below zero. Blowing snow may severely reduce visibilities at times. In addition, patchy fog may develop through the morning hours sharply reducing visibilities at times.
A Winter Storm Watch is issued when the potential for 6 inches or more of snow exists from the upcoming storm.
Friday: Forecast is mostly cloudy with a high near 18. Wind chill values between -10 and -20.
Saturday: A 50% chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Wind chill values between -8 and 2. South southeast wind between 11 and 15 mph.
Sunday: A 50% chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 34.