Weekend Weather Update
October 10, 2008
Upper Green River Basin, Pinedale, Big Piney, LaBarge, Farson: A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon. After periods of light snow today and tonight the snowfall will likely increase in intensity Saturday. There is the potential for 6 to 10 inches of snow to fall across the Upper Green River Basin on Saturday with up to 10 to 15 inches across the Upper Green River Basin foothills. Travel over Highways 191 and 189 will likely become slick and snow covered.
Wind River Mountains, Wyoming & Salt River Ranges: The National Weather Service has cancelled the Winter Storm Watch and changed it to a WINTER STORM WARNING until midnight on Saturday. Snowfall is expected to increase today (Friday), becoming heavy at times. A brief lull is expected late Friday night before the snowfall rate picks up again on Saturday and continues through Saturday night. The Wind River Mountains could see 1 to 2 feet of snowfall by late Saturday night with up to three feet along the east slopes above Fort Washakie and Lander. Road conditions over South Pass and Togwotee Pass will likely become slick and snow covered. Strong northeast winds will create considerable blowing and drifting snow and possible white out conditions. South Pass is expected to get northeast winds with gusts over 40 mph on Saturday and into the evening.
South Lincoln County, Rock Springs, Green River, Kemmerer, East Sweetwater County, Flaming Gorge: A BLIZZARD WATCH is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening. There is the potential for 3 to 6 inches of snowfall to occur across Sweetwater County Saturday and Saturday evening along with 4 to 8 inches in Southern Lincoln County. In addition, very strong east northeast winds of 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph may create 1 to 3 foot drifts along with white-out conditions. Travel along interstate 80 as well as other area highways may become extremely treacherous. In addition, wind chills of 10 below zero are possible. A Blizzard Watch is issued when sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts over 35 mph will combine with considerable falling and/or blowing snow to produce frequent visibilities below one quarter mile in the next 12 to 48 hours. Roads may close or become impassable in these conditions.
Hunters, travelers and others with outdoor interests should pay close attention to the weather forecast. Listen to NOAA weather radio or your favorite media outlet for the latest forecasts and winter statements. A winter storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely.