Winter isn’t quite done with southeast Wyoming yet. A two-part winter storm is predicted to continue after starting Monday night, with Laramie expecting to get a total of 6-8 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.
Laramie is under a winter storm warning until mid-day Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne. The expected snow will be coming through the area in two separate waves, with one Monday night and the other starting late tonight, said Matthew Brothers, meteorologist with the NWS, Monday morning.
“There’s going to be a break in snow, so we could see some snow melt occur,” Brothers said. “With that snow melt (this) afternoon, you might not have 6-8 inches on the ground when we’re all finished with this storm.”
The mountain areas are expected to get the brunt of the winter weather, including the Snowy Mountains, the Sierra Madres and the Laramie Range. While Laramie itself might not see as much snow, the surrounding mountains could see around 12 inches of snowfall.
Despite the storm not yet meeting blizzard criteria, Brothers said parts of Interstate 80 should still expect some significant travel impacts due to heavier snowfall and winds.
“The windiest spots we’re looking at right now are up by the I-80 summit east of Laramie as well as the Arlington area,” Brothers said. “So that stretch of I-80 easily could get some blowing snow and that could definitely cause some travel impacts.”
The Wyoming Department of Transportation had not closed any roads due to weather as of deadline Monday.
Although warmer recent temperatures will make it hard for the snow to accumulate on the roads during the day, Brothers said the snow will start to stick as temperatures go below freezing at night.
Brothers added the NWS expected Monday night to see the heavier snowfall of the two-part storm, but it all depends on what happens during the day today.
“Laramie right now we have getting up to about 40 degrees during the afternoon on Tuesday, so that amount of snowfall will depend on how quickly we drop back down below freezing,” Brothers said Monday morning.
The NWS periodically updates its weather forecast on its website, www.weather.gov/cys/, and its social media pages. The Boomerang will update the story online as it develops.