Folks living in Laramie woke up to winter on Tuesday morning.
Wyoming meteorologist Don Day said the college town received between six and 10 inches of snow last night resulting in significant tree damage in the area.
“Laramie is the hardest hit,” Day said. “There are reports of a lot of tree damage because of the heavy wet snow. It has caused some power outages as well.”
Although late spring snowstorms are common in many parts of Wyoming, there hasn’t been a snowstorm like this in Laramie since 1974.
Interestingly, it happened on the same exact days.
“Back in 1974, Laramie got six inches of snow the night of June 8 and another couple inches the morning of June 9.”
“Snow events in June aren’t that unusual,” Day said. “But this is the biggest snow event in Laramie in the last 46 years.”
Day said the winter-like weather has some benefit for Wyoming as there were many areas that needed the moisture.
Earlier this month, the National Interagency Fire Center said fire potential in the Northern Rockies is predicted to be above normal.
Despite the wintry blast, things should be back to normal in a couple days, Day said.
“By Thursday and Friday, you are going to forget what’s happened here over the last 24 hours,” he said. “Summer patterns will happen again starting Thursday and into the weekend. We’ll see consistently warm temperatures and late day thunderstorms.”