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High wind warning issued ahead of approaching winter storm in Cheyenne

File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Cap City News

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Residents and travelers in the Arlington area of Interstate 80 are advised to be cautious as a high wind warning is in effect from 11 a.m. today until 5 a.m. Tuesday, with westerly wind gusts expected to reach up to 60 mph.

Additionally, a high wind watch will be active for the I-80 Summit from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne reports.

A cold front moving south from Montana is forecast to bring increasing chances of snow across southeast Wyoming, intensifying from north to south daily. By Thursday, widespread snowfall is anticipated across the area, with the cold front extending from Pine Bluffs to Douglas.

The snow is expected to subside by Friday morning as the front moves south, leaving behind very cold temperatures for Saturday.

Weather Outlook

  • Monday and Tuesday: High winds across Arlington/Elk Mountain and the I-80 Summit. Pleasant weather on Tuesday with slightly above-average temperatures and mostly sunny skies.
  • Wednesday to Sunday: A messy storm system will pass through Wednesday into Thursday, causing accumulating mountain snowfall and possible valley rain and snow showers. Gusty winds are anticipated as the storm departs.

Travelers on I-80 are warned of the increased risk of blow-offs and/or blowovers, especially for lightweight and high-profile vehicles.

With snow accumulation likely from Thursday through Friday, residents are encouraged to prepare for potentially hazardous travel conditions and very cold temperatures following the storm.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: It will be mostly sunny with a high near 43. Expect a west wind of 10–15 mph, with gusts reaching up to 25 mph.
  • Tonight: The evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 23. Winds will continue from the west at around 15 mph.
  • Tuesday: Sunny skies with a high near 45. The west wind will blow at 10–15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: The night will turn mostly cloudy with a low of around 22. A south-southwest wind will blow at around 5 mph.
  • Wednesday: Expect mostly sunny skies again, with a high near 44. It’ll be breezy, with a west wind of 10–20 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: There’s a 20% chance of snow. Skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 21.
  • Thursday: Snow becomes a bit more likely, with a 30% chance, mainly after 11 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 44.
  • Thursday Night: Snow is likely. It will be mostly cloudy with a low of around 15.
  • Friday: There’s a chance of snow under partly sunny skies, with a high near 31.
  • Friday Night: Snow could occur before 11 p.m. The evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 11.
  • Saturday: The weekend starts sunny with a high near 37.
  • Saturday Night: Expect partly cloudy skies with a low of around 20.
  • Sunday: There’s a slight chance of snow. It will be partly sunny and breezy with a high near 45.