Winter Storm Watch into Thursday
Up to a foot of new snow possible for western Wyoming
December 19, 2007
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for western and central Wyoming for tonight and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service out of Riverton, Wyoming. The long-range forecast is for periods of snow during the week leading up to a sunny day on Christmas. The weekend looks like it has a slight chance of snow, but not too bad for holiday travelers (plan for typical Wyoming winter road conditions and allow the usual extra time to make your trip.)
There is the potential for a significant snow storm to occur across Western Wyoming tonight as a potent Pacific storm system approaches the area. Snowfall rates of one inch per hour are possible tonight along with the potential for up to a foot of snow over the Tetons as well as across the Wyoming and Salt River ranges tonight. Six inches of snow could fall across the Gros Ventre range and across the northern Jackson and Star Valleys. The southern portion of these valleys may see three inches of snowfall. Togwotee, Teton and Salt River passes are expected to become snow covered and slick tonight.
White Pine Ski area is reporting 20” base with 2” of new snow over the last 24 hours. They have 9 runs open. Five from the Great Spirit Lift, four from the Little Spirit lift. www.whitepineski.com
Wyoming SnoTel sites: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/Wyoming/wyoming.html
Blind Bull Summit: 27.4”
Kendall Ranger Station: 8.5 inches as of Monday, Dec. 17
Big Sandy Opening: 17 inches
More NRCS Snow Depth information for states with SnoTel sites
Weekend Weather Outlook
Snowfall is expected to continue across western Wyoming Thursday along with the potential snow total of up to 16 inches across the Tetons as well as over the Wyoming and Salt River ranges by late afternoon. There is the potential for up to 9 inches of snowfall over the Gros Ventre range. A total of 8 inches of snow could fall across
the northern Jackson and Star Valleys along with the potential for up to 4 inches of snowfall across the southern portion of the Jackson and Star valleys.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday Night: Periods of snow. Low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -2. Southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Thursday: Periods of snow. High near 30. Wind chill values as low as -3. Southwest wind between 11 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -14. Northwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. North northwest wind between 11 and 13 mph.
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around -8.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.
Sunday: A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a high near 25.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.
Monday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.