Many Wyoming Towns Never Went Above Zero on Thursday

Many Wyoming towns failed to get above zero on Thursday as an Arctic blast bears down on the Cowboy State.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

February 12, 20212 min read

(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Thinking it’s cold where you are?

Try being in Powell, Wyoming today. It’s high? -15 degrees.

Buffalo and Cody were right behind chalking up highs of -13 degrees while Gillette posted a high of -11.

Greybull, Cowley, Worland, and Casper at least were in the single digits below zero with highs of -7, -6, -5, and -4 respectively.

This is all part of a big Arctic front that is finally pushing a Pacific front out of the way.

The two fronts have been battling over the last week and now it looks like the Arctic blast will win out and in a big way.

That’s something that impresses meteorologists. Take Wyoming’s Don Day, for example. He’s been pretty bored over the couple months as Wyoming has been unseasonably warm and dry.

“This is a huge Arctic outbreak,” Day said. “You don’t normally see them with such extent like this east to west. So that is something that is quite impressive.”

“The thickness of the Arctic air vertically also is pretty impressive,” he said. “It gets very deep — thousands of feet deep.”

Be forewarned, Wyoming — especially eastern and central Wyoming — that dangerous wind chills are heading our way. Negative 40 is not out of the realm of possibility.

For the most comprehensive weather information, check out Don Day’s forecast on our YouTube channel.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter