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Snow, strong winds expected as cold front sweeps Cheyenne

Cheyenne Depot Plaza Feb. 3. (Stew Dyer / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne is looking to have a cool, wet week ahead with snowfall potential as an unsettled weather pattern takes hold over southeast Wyoming. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne is forecasting widespread rain and snow showers starting Wednesday and continuing through Thursday night, impacting the region with a significant cold front.

Snow accumulations could reach 6–12 inches above 9,000 feet in the Snowy Range, as cold moisture converges with the mountainous terrain. Lower elevations, particularly east of the Laramie Range, are expected to initially remain dry due to southwesterly winds, but this will change as the front progresses.

The approaching cold front will also trigger strong winds, particularly along the I-80 Summit and the southern Laramie Range foothills. These winds may necessitate a high wind warning if mountain wave activity materializes.

As the front stalls, turning into a stationary boundary, it will determine where the heavier valley snow falls, with areas south of the North Platte River valley likely to see scattered snow showers. However, snow accumulations at lower elevations are expected to be minimal.

The weather will shift again heading into the weekend, with colder air and potential snow due to an upper-level trough affecting the region. By Friday, temperatures are predicted to drop significantly, with morning lows in the 20s and highs in the low 40s, possibly not rising above the 30s in some areas.

While snow is likely in higher elevations and along the I-80 corridor, discrepancies among models make exact snowfall predictions challenging. The expected high sun angle during late April may also reduce snow accumulation during daylight hours.

A warming trend is anticipated by Sunday as conditions begin to moderate, with temperatures climbing to slightly above average by the start of the next week. However, a passing shortwave on Monday could cool temperatures slightly and bring a chance of showers.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: There is a chance of showers before 3 p.m., followed by a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3 and 5 p.m., then likely showers and a possible thunderstorm after 5 p.m. It will be partly sunny with a high near 61. The day will be breezy, with a west wind at 10–15 mph increasing to 15–20 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Tonight: Rain showers are likely before 9 p.m., followed by a chance of rain and snow showers between 9 and 10 p.m. and a chance of snow showers after 10 p.m. Thunder is also possible. Clouds will increase, with a low around 27. Conditions will be blustery, with a north wind at 10–20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%, with little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Thursday: There is a 30% chance of snow showers, mainly before noon. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 40. A north wind at around 10 mph will shift to the east in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night: There is a 30% chance of snow showers. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southeast winds will blow at 5–10 mph.
  • Friday: There is a 30% chance of snow. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 43. Winds will come from the east-southeast at 5–15 mph, shifting to the northeast in the morning.
  • Friday Night: Snow is likely, mainly after midnight. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Saturday: Snow is likely before 3 p.m., after which there is a chance of rain and snow. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 40. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Saturday Night: There is a slight chance of rain and snow before midnight. It will be partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
  • Sunday: Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 63.
  • Sunday Night: It will be partly cloudy with a low around 35.
  • Monday: It will be mostly sunny with a high near 62.
  • Monday Night: Expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 33.
  • Tuesday: It will be mostly sunny with a high near 66.

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