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Winter Storm Warning in Effect Through Thursday

Winter Storm WarningTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND WIND WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SUMMARY AND TIMING…SNOW…HEAVY AT TIMES…IS EXPECTED THROUGH THIS EVENING BEFORE GRADUALLY DECREASING. SNOWFALL RATES COULD APPROACH ONE INCH AN HOUR AT TIMES.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SNOWFALL OF 5 TO 7 INCHES IS EXPECTED OVER THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF NATRONA COUNTY…WITH HIGHER SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE NEAR THE BASE OF CASPER MOUNTAIN. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WERE ALREADY REPORTED AROUND THE AREA.

* WIND AND VISIBILITY…WIND OF 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH ARE ANTICIPATED TODAY. THIS GUSTY WIND WILL CREATE SOME BLOWING SNOW AROUND CASPER AND CREATE DECREASED VISIBILITIES ALONG INTERSTATE 25. PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOWFALL MAY ALSO CREATE PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY.

* IMPACTS…ROADWAY TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS THROUGH NATRONA COUNTY…INCLUDING INTERSTATE 25. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME SLICK AND SNOW PACKED…WITH SOME REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITIES POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS PROVIDED BY THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING 5-1-1 OR ON THE INTERNET AT WYOROAD.INFO.

[NWS]

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