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Storm system brings snow, winds to Cheyenne

Weekend snowfall is on the horizon

Holliday Park Jan. 31 2024 (Stew Dyer / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne and surrounding areas are looking at continued wintry conditions as a storm system moves through today, bringing snow showers to Carbon County and the mountains and mixed precipitation to the valleys.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne is warning of strong westerly winds across the Arlington area and the South Laramie Range Foothills, including the Interstate 80 summit, which could significantly reduce visibility in snow showers.

The ongoing storm system will deliver locally heavy snow showers across Carbon County and adjacent mountain ranges through the morning. Meanwhile, Cheyenne could see light snow during the morning commute Friday.

Strong winds, potentially reaching gusts of 55 mph this afternoon, are expected to impact the Arlington wind-prone area and the South Laramie Range Foothills, raising concerns about blowing snow along I-80.

Looking ahead, the weather remains unsettled into the weekend with a positively tilted trough axis pushing into southeast Wyoming on Saturday. This system is forecast to bring light to moderate snow across the southern part of the region, particularly around the I-80 corridor.

The Cheyenne Ridge may see enhanced snowfall totals due to weak easterly upslope winds. Temperatures will dip below average, with daytime highs in the 20s and 30s.

The weather pattern shifts to milder conditions starting Sunday, with weak ridging promoting dry weather and a gradual warming trend through midweek. A weak shortwave on Tuesday could bring light snow to the high terrain, but overall the region will experience a return to average, if not slightly above average, temperatures for mid-February.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: The day is partly sunny with a high near 42. It will be windy, with a west wind blowing at 25–30 mph, decreasing to 15–20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts could reach as high as 40 mph.
  • Tonight: There’s a slight, 10% chance of snow after 5 a.m. Expect partly cloudy skies with a low of around 20. The west-northwest wind will be gentle at 5–10 mph.
  • Friday: Snow is more likely, with a 40% chance, mainly after 7 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 39. Winds from the northwest at 5–10 mph.
  • Friday Night: Snow becomes likely, with mostly cloudy conditions and a low of around 19. A north-northwest wind will blow at around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%, with new snow accumulation of 1–2 inches possible.
  • Saturday: Snow is again likely with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 29. The northeast wind will blow at 5–10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Saturday Night: Snow is likely, mainly before 11 p.m., with mostly cloudy conditions and a low around 12. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Sunday: The sun returns with sunny skies and a high near 32.
  • Sunday Night: Expect partly cloudy skies with a low of around 15.
  • Monday: The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 39.
  • Monday Night: Skies will be partly cloudy with a low of around 19.
  • Tuesday: Look forward to mostly sunny skies with a high near 41.
  • Tuesday Night: The night will be partly cloudy with a low of around 19.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies are expected, with a high near 41 and breezy conditions.

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