Winter Weather Hits Wyoming Over Weekend

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

As Wyoming meteorologist Don Day put it in his Monday morning forecast, the arctic front did not disappoint this weekend.

Wyoming was hit with a cold blast over the weekend, dropping temperatures into the single digits, if not colder, and leaving more than 1 foot of snow in some areas.

Cheyenne and much of southeastern Wyoming saw some of the worst of the snow, with the capital city racking up anywhere from 12 to nearly 15 inches, according to the National Weather Service. This was the recorded snowfall from the Wyoming state line all the way down to Denver, Day said in his forecast.

He added that hopefully the weekend storm would put a stop to fire season and help slow down the Colorado wildfires, especially the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires that are affecting the Front Range.

Snowfall totals varied throughout the state and even throughout certain counties. For example, portions of Teton County only saw 2 inches of snow, whereas other parts received more than a foot.

Not all of the state saw snow, but the whole state definitely saw freezing cold temperatures, some of which were considered all-time lows for October.

According to the National Weather Service office in Riverton, four Wyoming towns broke their records for the coldest temperatures in October for the second year in a row. They were Worland (down to -18 from -4 in 2019), Rock Springs (down to -10 from -8 in 2019), Riverton (which tied with its previous record, -9, from last year) and Greybull (down to -8 from 3 in 2019).

The good news is that this will likely be the last snowstorm Wyoming sees for a little while, Day said in his forecast. He added that a cold front may move in over the weekend, but that he currently wasn’t seeing that happen in his models.

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