Bitter cold temperatures on the way
Temperatures may drop to minus 30 below zero in some locations
December 28, 2010
The National Weather Service is advising that a winter storm is heading for the Cowboy State through Friday which will bring snow and bitter cold temperatures.
A developing storm system along the Pacific coast will strengthen and move southeast into Utah by Wednesday night. This expected storm track is expected to bring heavy snow across the southern two-thirds of the area, impacting western Wyoming starting Tuesday night. The heart of the storm is expected Wednesday into Wednesday evening. The west will see decreasing snow on Thursday. Central and eastern Wyoming should see the brunt of the storm on Wednesday night into Friday. Up to 6 inches of new is possible with this storm for valley locations.
In addition to the snow, arctic air will cause temperatures to plunge Thursday through Friday. A north to northeast wind of 15 to 30 mph with higher gusts will usher in the bitter cold air Thursday. Temperatures may drop to between 5 to 30 below zero, depending on location.
Holiday travelers and residents should begin preparations for this upcoming winter storm. A major impact to travel will likely occur with this storm beginning in the west late Tuesday night through Wednesday, and then over much of the region Thursday through Friday morning.
Pinedale Weather Forecast:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -10. North northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Tuesday Night: Snow likely, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. Southeast wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Wednesday: Snow. High near 25. Wind chill values as low as -5. South southeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Snow before 11pm, then snow likely and areas of blowing snow after 11pm. Low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -20. Blustery, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph becoming north northwest. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy and cold, with a high near 10. Blustery, with a north wind between 11 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -14. North northwest wind at 8 mph becoming southeast.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 5. Calm wind.
Friday Night, New Year’s Eve: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -20.
Saturday, New Year's Day: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -15.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -7.
Monday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 16.