Winter Storm Watch through Tuesday
Get out your snow shovel again, 10-12 inches of new snow on the way
November 26, 2006
The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. A cold Pacific storm system is expected to hit western Wyoming Monday morning bringing heavy snow to the western mountains. Snow is expected Monday and Tuesday for the Upper Green River Basin including Pinedale, Big Piney, Farson and LaBarge.
Snowfall up to 2 feet is predicted for the mountains and up to 10 inches may fall in the valleys. One to two inches of snow is expected by sunrise Monday morning. Snow is expected to increase through the morning, becoming heavy at times Monday afternoon and evening. Snowfall up to 12 inches is expected from Bondurant to Pinedale. Snowfall around Big Piney is expected to be slightly less, around 7 inches.
Strong southwest winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow by late Monday morning. Strong winds will continue to Tuesday morning with potential white out conditions from Bondurant to Farson.
Travelers should be prepared for significant snow, sleet and ice accumulations that may impact travel. Mountain passes may have blowing and drifting snow with near white out conditions.
Snow will spread east of the Continental Divide Monday night into Tuesday. An Arctic front will drop down into Wyoming Monday night bringing much colder temperatures and more snow. Only light snow is expected in the mountains on Wednesday. Wind chill readings will be well below zero at times. A slight moderation in temperatures will occur by Thursday. Residents and travelers are advised to prepare for the first cold outbreak of the season, including having a winter weather survival kit.
Sunday Afternoon: Partly cloudy, with a high near 32. South southeast wind between 7 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 5. Wind chill values between -5 and -15. South wind around 11 mph.
Monday: Periods of snow, mainly after 11am. High near 29. Wind chill values between -5 and -15. South wind between 11 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Monday Night: Periods of snow. Low around -1. Wind chill values between -15 and -25. South wind 8 to 18 mph becoming north northwest. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tuesday: Periods of snow, mainly before 11am. High near 20. West northwest wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around -8. Wind chill values between -18 and -28.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -8. Wind chill values between -16 and -26.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 18.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -3.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 22.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 24.
National Weather Service, www.weather.org