Major winter storm burying Bighorn Basin this weekend


A massive winter storm is heading into Wyoming that will bring heavy snow and dangerous winds all day Saturday, with the biggest impacts in the Bighorn Basin.

The National Weather Service office in Riverton is predicting an intense end-of-season winter storm in Wyoming Friday night, all day Saturday, and possibly Sunday morning. While the entire state will feel the effects, the “largest impacts” will occur in the Bighorn Basin.

A hazardous weather forecast for “heavy snowfall in central and northern Wyoming” was released Friday morning. Meanwhile, the entire Bighorn Basin – Cody, Clark and Meeteetse in particular – is already subject to a winter weather advisory from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Courtesy of the United States National Weather Service Office, Riverton

The Park County forecast calls for heavy snowfall — with an accumulation of two to five inches — and winds of up to 80 mph.

The NWS warns residents of Wyoming that travel can be difficult at times, with blowing snow visibility around only a tenth of a mile. In addition, the roads are expected to be slippery and wet by Saturday afternoon.

In addition, high winds, combined with wet snow and cold temperatures, could harm young livestock.

Courtesy of the NWS office in Riverton

However, it will be a fleeting – and possibly the last – onslaught of winter, as weather and temperatures “return” to forecast April conditions by Sunday.

Cody’s Sunday forecast calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 61 degrees.

You can watch a detailed analysis of this weekend’s winter storm on the WYDOT Videos YouTube channel.


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