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More storms coming to basin after snowy weekend

Jan 3, 2017 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Local weather officials say even more snow is coming to Fremont County this week.

The worst of the storm is expected to hit southern Wyoming, but National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Baker said the entire state will see snowfall and low temperatures Tuesday through Thursday.

"It's not out of the question that Riverton could see another couple of inches," he said Tuesday, adding, "(There) maybe three to four inches in the Lander area."

Baker said areas north of Riverton toward Shoshoni and Pavillion can probably expect an inch or less.

Dubois and the surrounding landscape will probably get two to four inches, with a possible six inches on Togwotee Pass.

The Wind River Mountains are expected to receive five to nine inches of snow through Thursday morning, mainly impacting South Pass, Baker said.

He plans to issue a winter weather advisory soon for the Wind River Mountains from Beaver Rim to Muddy Gap - an area that could expect three to six inches.

Weekend snowfall

Riverton got the most snowfall in the county over the weekend, at 5.3 inches. Baker characterized the amount as relatively normal for the season.

The city's monitoring station at Riverton Regional Airport shows 20.4 inches of snow have fallen so far throughout the season -- only slightly higher than the 20.3 inches recorded by this time last year. However, the majority of the snow came later this year after a much dryer fall than in 2015.

Since Dec. 1, Riverton has received 16 inches, compared to 2.2 inches for that time period last year.

Baker added that Riverton has received about three times the normal precipitation value, meaning Riverton has gotten more wet snow this year than in the past.

"Each snowstorm will have a different amount of moisture," he explained.

The Lander and Hudson areas received nearly four inches over the weekend. Dubois received two and a half inches, three inches fell at Atlantic City, and Jeffrey City reported one inch.

Road conditions

Baker warned that current driving conditions may be dangerous as a result of the winter weather.

"Right now you expect locally slick, icy snowpack conditions about everywhere, probably worse in the mountains," he said. "It's just a matter of how effective the plows have been in breaking up what fell over the weekend."

Baker added that the coming snowfall will cause "very low visibilities" and packed snow at South Pass, with similar conditions in the areas of Jeffrey City, Beaver Rim and Muddy Gap.

"I don't expect the rest of the basin to get really bad conditions," he said.

Baker's agency has already posted winter storm warnings and watches for Cheyenne, Laramie, Rock Springs and Evanston. Much of Interstate 80 will likely be impacted by the storm as well. Evanston could get up to a foot of snow between Tuesday night and Thursday, with five to 10 inches possible Wednesday in Cheyenne, Laramie, Rock Springs and Pine Bluffs.

Bitter cold temperatures are also gripping the state, with many areas expected to dip below zero at night.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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City crews removed piles of snow Tuesday from the middle of Monroe Avenue in Riverton. The city has received 16 inches of snow since Christmas Day. Photos by Alejandra Silva

City crews removed piles of snow Tuesday from the middle of Monroe Avenue in Riverton. The city has received 16 inches of snow since Christmas Day. Photos by Alejandra Silva


City crews removed piles of snow Tuesday from the middle of Monroe Avenue in Riverton. The city has received 16 inches of snow since Christmas Day. Photos by Alejandra Silva

City crews removed piles of snow Tuesday from the middle of Monroe Avenue in Riverton. The city has received 16 inches of snow since Christmas Day. Photos by Alejandra Silva

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