Classic Clipper Clips the Community: Light snow, gusty winds and cold weather return Wednesday
Sunshine today will be followed by a fast moving system tonight through Thursday morning, bringing light snow, gusty winds and bitterly cold wind chills across the region
UPDATE (10:45 a.m.) Interstate 90 between Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming is closed in both directions due to winter conditions.
12-FEB-2020 10:27 – I90 Sheridan – Buffalo: Closed BOTH DIR due to winter conditions and crashes. As of Feb 12 at 10:26, the est open time is unknown. #wyoroad
— Wyoming DOT (@WYDOT_I90) February 12, 2020
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- Things have started out chilly, but 30s and even a few 40s are likely by this afternoon.
- There could be a few gusty winds from the West and southwest this afternoon, but overall not looking to be a big deal.
- By this evening, snow showers will develop ahead of an arctic front descending from Cananda North to South.
- Combined with a few breezy conditions, this could lead to visibility issues and some impacts to travel.
- Overall, most activity should stick to the Northern Black Hills and Northeastern Wyoming in the overnight hours.
- Early Wednesday morning will likely be our warmest temperatures for the whole day, as a cold front approaches from North Dakota and Southeastern Montana traveling Southwards.
- This will bring gusty Northwest winds up to 40 mph and plummet wind chills.
- By 8-11 AM Wednesday morning, a snow burst could develop along a thin west to east line across our area, bringing rapidly changing conditions for a short period of time.
- Short of calling it a snow squall, this could impact travel as quickly dropping temperatures and gusty winds could make roads icy.
- Although some patchy blowing snow could be an issue, cold temperatures and low wind chills will be the real kicker here.
- By 3 PM Wednesday when we are supposed to be at the warmest part of our day, we will be sinking into the teens and single digits with 40 MPH winds…. bundle up that morning so you’re not caught off guard in the afternoon.
- The SD plains could have a trace up to an inch of snow… mayybbbee 2 if you’re lucky. Most will see a quick burst of snow over a short period of time – and because it’ll be blown around most of it won’t accumulate all that much.
- Northern Hills and northeastern Wyoming are the exception… perhaps 2″-4″ … maybe a 5″ mark in isolated pockets before all is said and done.
- The Wyoming Plains could see 1″-2″… but most of that will be blowing around – make sure to watch out for patchy blowing and drifting snow across roadways.
- Wednesday night into Thursday morning could see wind chills in the -15 to -20 range… make sure you are properly dressed for the conditions.
- Improvements expected through Friday and the weekend with warmer temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
- Could have a quick moving clipper Friday night (Valentines Day Evening) but so far looks starved of moisture. We’ll put a tab on that event and move on.
You guys know the rules with these fast moving clippers… if you find yourself caught in a pretty snow/windy situation – just hang tight and things will start to clear up in about 15-20 minutes. bundle up bundle up bundle up – this will be some of the colder conditions we’ve seen in a couple weeks. Don’t be a hero! Be safe out there! – Brant