A strong storm system continues to take aim on western Wyoming this evening. Moisture and strong winds will reach the mountains of western Wyoming by daybreak Wednesday. Areas along and west of the Continental Divide could see a prolonged period of significant snowfall Wednesday and Thursday. (Click on the image at right to see the NWS Riverton total snowfall forecast for these two days.) The height of the storm will be Wednesday night. The potential remains for mountain locations to generally receive from 10 to 20 inches of snow with higher amounts in the Tetons. Gusty west wind of 20 to 35 mph could also occur with the snow. Valley locations are likely to see 5 to 10 inches of snow. More specific information can be found in the most recent winter weather message.
To the east of the Continental Divide, strong gusty wind will increase early Wednesday and persist through Wednesday night. Sustained wind of 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will be possible in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains, Natrona County, and southeast Fremont County. A high wind watch has been posted for these areas.