Significant Snow Returns to the West

Summary | Monitoring/Reporting Snowfall | Snowfall | Safety

Summary

Snow has returned to the western mountains today, and quite a significant amount of snowfall is expected by Friday morning. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for western Wyoming through 5 AM Friday morning. Snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour are expected at times across the western mountains and valleys. In addition, areas of gusty to breezy wind will be present, creating areas of blowing snow. This will result in very limited visibilities on roadways, and ongoing snowfall will leave roads slick and snow-packed. Motorists are strongly encouraged to monitor road conditions before traveling. Updates to this story will include ongoing snowfall totals from across western Wyoming. Please check back often for updates!

Monitoring / Reporting Snowfall

NWS Riverton will update our Winter Storm Warnings as the storm progresses to include up to date information on areas of concern, expected snowfall, and general current snowfall (where available). NWS Riverton's radar does struggle somewhat with observing snowfall across the western mountains, but can still be monitored for activity. Additionally, NWS Pocatello's radar has a bit of coverage over western Wyoming, and can also be observed. As mentioned in the summary, motorists are strongly encouraged to check road conditions with the Wyoming Department of Transportarion's (WyDoT) before traveling. This can be done in multiple ways. If using a Wyoming-based telephone, dialing 5-1-1 will connect you to WyDoT's phone service which states closures and advisories. Additionally, visit WyDoT's webpage (www.wyoroad.info) and view maps which are color-coded based on current road conditions.

NWS Riverton Radar WyDoT's Webpage
NWS Riverton Radar NWS Pocatello Radar Wyoming Department
of Transportation

 

We want to hear from you! Please, send us your snow reports from throughout the storm so we may monitor the strength of the storm. You can report snowfall to us via our email address (cr.wxriw@noaa.gov), our phone number (800-211-1448), through eSpotter, and via our Facebook page. Please feel free to share your snow reports in the most convenient way for you!

 

   
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Snowfall

How much snow are we talking about? Below is the current forecasted snow total for this event. As you can see, some of the western mountains are expected to see more than 36" of snowfall!


 

Safety

Some reminders about winter weather safety:

  • Stay indoors if possible.
  • If you must go outside, dress appropriately:
    • Multiple layers of loose fitting clothing to promote insulation.
    • Heavy woven materials are ideal.
    • Wear a hat – 50% of your body heat escapes through you head.
    • Wear a scarf or something to cover your mouth and nose.
    • Cover as much of your skin as possible.
    • Mittens are better than gloves.
  • Remember, rarely is a trip a “MUST” trip.  Plan accordingly to avoid hazardous winter travel.
  • If travelling is absolutely unavoidable, please prepare a winter safety kit for your car. Details regarding what should be included in this kit can be found in this document.  Never leave your vehicle when stranded. It is your only sure source of protection from the elements.
  • Additional information about travelling in the winter across Wyoming can be found on our Winter Preparedness website.

 



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