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Snow advisory issued for Cheyenne with weekend weather shift

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As Cheyenne enjoys unusually high temperatures, residents should prepare for a significant weather shift this weekend despite groundhog predictions. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories signaling a move from sunny skies to snow-covered landscapes.

The Sierra Madre, Snowy and South Laramie ranges are on alert for moderate to heavy snowfall, expecting 1–2 feet of snow through Sunday. Central Laramie County, including Cheyenne, may see 2–5 inches of snow, disrupting travel with low visibility and slick roads.

Weather Advisory Details

  • Winter weather advisory in effect from 5 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday for central Laramie County.
  • Expected snow accumulations of 2–5 inches across central Laramie County.
  • Travel could become very difficult due to low visibility and slick roads.

Before the storm, Cheyenne will bask in above-normal temperatures through Thursday. However, the upcoming storm, influenced by a low-pressure system from the west, promises varied impacts across the region.

While the Nebraska Panhandle may primarily receive rain, Cheyenne and surrounding areas brace for snow. The transition from rain to snow, particularly east of I-25, harbors considerable uncertainty, making precise forecasts challenging.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 46. Expect a south-southeast wind of 5–15 mph.
  • Tonight: There’s a chance of rain before midnight, transitioning to a chance of both rain and snow later. Patchy fog will develop after midnight. The sky remains cloudy with a low around 30 and a southeast wind of 5–10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Saturday: The day brings rain and snow, turning to all snow after 2 p.m. Look for patchy fog before 10 a.m. The high will be near 37, with an east wind of 5–10 mph shifting north in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%, with new snow accumulation of 1–3 inches possible.
  • Saturday Night: Snow is likely, making it cloudy with a low of around 29. Northwest winds will blow at around 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%, with another 1–3 inches of snow possible.
  • Sunday: There’s a 40% chance of snow, mainly before noon. The day will start cloudy but will gradually become mostly sunny, with a high near 38. A west-northwest wind will blow at around 15 mph.
  • Sunday Night: Expect mostly clear skies with a low of around 20.
  • Monday: The week starts sunny with a high near 46.
  • Monday Night: The night will be partly cloudy with a low of around 27.
  • Tuesday: Enjoy mostly sunny skies with a high near 55.
  • Tuesday Night: Skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 29.
  • Wednesday: There’s a slight chance of rain under partly sunny skies, with a high near 49.
  • Wednesday Night: The night brings a chance of rain and snow, with mostly cloudy skies and a low of around 26.
  • Thursday: A slight chance of snow is in the forecast, along with partly sunny skies and a high near 41. Expect breezy conditions.