Cold Front Brings Strong Wind and Snow to the Area

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A cold front swept across the forecast area on Saturday bringing widespread snow and wind to the region. The mountains across the west recieved a little over one foot between Friday evening and late Saturday morning.  Snow showers across central Wyoming persisted into Saturday night with most lower elevations receiving between 1 and 3 inches of snowfall.  Wyoming High Country Lodge, 26 miles east of Lovell in the Bighorn Mountains, topped the storm total snowfall list with 19 inches.   The highest wind gust recorded during the event was 130 mph on Mount Coffin at 10,850 feet in the Wyoming Range. 

Please see the "Monitoring and Reporting" section for a summary of the latest snow and wind reports


Wyoming High Country Lodge - 19 inches of snowfall


Visible Satellite imagery showed the western piece of the cold front colliding with the secondary cold front dropping south out of Montana right over Casper at around noon Saturday.


130 MPH gust at Mount Coffin wind station (10,850 feet in the Wyoming Range) at 2 AM MST on Saturday.  (Photo of Mount Coffin wind station looking to the south toward Mount Coffin and Wyoming Peak courtesy of Bridger Teton Avalanche Center)

Wyoming High Country Lodge - 19 inches of snowfall

19 inches of new snow Friday night and Saturday at Wyoming High Country Lodge,
26 miles east of Lovell in the Bighorn Mountains. (Photo from Wyoming High Country Lodge)


 Please see the "Monitoring and Reporting" section (below) for a summary of the latest snow and wind reports


December 7-8, 2012     Storm Total Snowfall and Peak Wind Gust Table
County Station Name Snowfall   County Station Name Max Gust
Big Horn 26 E Lovell 19    Johnson  25 ESE Buffalo  54 mph
Big Horn Bald Mountain Snotel 8    Johnson  Buffalo Airport  52 mph
Big Horn Shell Creek Snotel 4    Fremont  Camp Creek   61 mph
Big Horn Bone Springs Divide 2    Fremont   Lander Airport  52 mph
Fremont South Pass Snotel 12    Fremont   Riverton NWS Office  50 mph
Fremont Deer Park Snotel 9    Fremont   Riverton Airport  48 mph
Fremont 4 ENE South Pass City 6.5    Fremont   Crowheart  47 mph
Fremont Burroughs Creek Snotel 6    Lincoln  Mount Coffin  130 mph
Fremont Castle Creek Snotel 4    Lincoln  Nugget Canyon  47 mph
Fremont Red Canyon 4    Lincoln  Kemmerer  44 mph
Fremont 9 SSE Lander 4    Park  Clark West  63 mph
Fremont Little Warm Snotel 4    Park  Chief Joseph  45 mph
Fremont Brooks Lake Lodge 4    Sweetwater  Tipton and Bitter Creek  52 mph
Fremont 5 WSW Lander 3.5    Sublette  Pinedale  37 mph
Fremont Cold Springs Snotel 2    Sweetwater  Snow Springs Creek  51 mph
Fremont Hobbs Park Snotel 2    Sweetwater  Continental Divide  50 mph
Fremont St. Lawrence Alt Snotel 2    Sweetwater  Rock Springs  47 mph
Fremont Townsend Creek Snotel 2    Teton  Rendezvous Peak  70 mph
Fremont 6 SW Lander 1.8    Teton  Jackson Hole Summit  60 mph
Fremont 6 SE Lander 1.5    Teton  Jackson Hole Raymer  57 mph
Fremont 3 SW Lander 1.5    Teton  Lava Mountain  51 mph
Fremont Lander Airport
1.4    Teton  Grand Teton RAWS  51 mph
Fremont Hudson 1    Teton  Jackson Hole Airport  40 mph
Fremont Riverton 0.3    Yellowstone  Hoyt Peak  66 mph
County Station Name Snowfall        
Hot Springs 1 SW Thermopolis 0.8        
Johnson Cloud Peak Reservoir Snotel 4        
Johnson Soldier Park Snotel 2        
Johnson Hansen Sawmill Snotel 2        
Johnson Bear Trap Meadow Snotel 2        
Johnson Little Goose Snotel 2        
Johnson Buffalo Tr        
Lincoln Spring Creek Divide Snotel 12        
Lincoln Willow Creek Snotel 12        
Lincoln Blind Bull Summit 12        
Lincoln Blind Bull Summit Snotel 11        
Lincoln 2 SE Thayne 9.5        
Lincoln Indian Creek Snotel 8        
Lincoln Cottonwood Creek Snotel 8        
Lincoln Box Y Ranch 7        
Lincoln 5 NNE Thayne 8        
Lincoln Kelley Ranger Station Snotel 6        
Lincoln Salt River Summit Snotel 6        
Lincoln Hams Fork Snotel 6        
Lincoln Afton 5.8        
Lincoln Smoot 5        
Lincoln 3 SE Bedford 4        
Lincoln Fossil Butte 2.5        
Natrona Grave Springs Snotel 4        
Natrona Casper Mountain 3.5        
Natrona 2 S Casper
Natrona Reno Hill Snotel
Natrona 4 WSW Casper
Natrona 4 SW Casper
Natrona 11 ESE Casper 1.8        
Natrona Midwest 1        
Natrona Casper Airport 0.9        
Natrona Bates Creek 0.8        
Natrona 10 WSW Casper
County Station Name Snowfall        
Park Evening Star Snotel 6        
Park Blackwater Snotel 6        
Park Younts Peak Snotel 4        
Park Beartooth Lake Snotel 3        
Park Kirwin Snotel 2        
Park Pahaska 2        
Park 12 SE Cody 1.5        
Park Cody 1        
Park 5 ESE Cody 1        
Park Wolverine Snotel 1        
Park Marquette Snotel 1        
Park 4 SE Cody 0.6        
Park Meeteetse 0.5        
Park 4 ENE Powell 0.4        
Sublette Snider Basin Snotel 14        
Sublette Big Sandy Opening Snotel 11        
Sublette Triple Peak Snotel 10        
Sublette Kendall Ranger Station Snotel 10        
Sublette Loomis Park Snotel 8        
Sublette New Fork Lake Snotel 7        
Sublette East Rim Divide Snotel 7        
Sublette 14 NW Pinedale 6.6        
Sublette Larsen Creek Snotel 6        
Sublette Pocket Creek Snotel 5        
Sublette Elkhart Park G.S. Snotel 5        
Sublette Gunsite Pass Snotel 3        
Sublette Boulder Rearing Station 2        
Sublette Daniel Fish Hatchery 1        
Sweetwater 1 W Rock Springs 3.5        
Sweetwater Flaming Gorge Reservoir 2        
Sweetwater 1 E Rock Springs 1.9        
Sweetwater 7 SSE Rock Springs 0.7        
County Station Name Snowfall        
Teton Jackson Hole-Raymer 15        
Teton Jackson Hole-Rendezvous Bowl 14        
Teton Jackson Hole-Mid 11        
Teton Granite Creek Snotel 11        
Teton Base Camp Snotel 10        
Teton Phillips Bench Snotel 9        
Teton 3 SSW Wilson 8.2        
Teton Gros Ventre Summit Snotel 7        
Teton Snow King Ski Area 7        
Teton Grassy Lake Snotel 6        
Teton Togwotee Pass Snotel 6        
Teton 5 SW Jackson
Teton Moose 4        
Teton Snake River Stn Snotel 4        
Teton 2 SW Teton Village 4        
Teton Jackson Hole-Base 4        
Teton Jackson 3.5        
Teton Grand Targhee Resort 3        
Teton Grand Targhee-Chief Joseph 3        
Teton Togwotee Mountain Lodge 3        
Teton 4 SSW Jackson 2.9        
Teton 12 NE Jackson 2        
Washakie Middle Powder Snotel 7        
Washakie Powder River Pass Snotel 2        
Washakie 27 S Tensleep 1.2        
Washakie 16 SSE Tensleep 1        
Yellowstone Two Ocean Plateau Snotel 11        
Yellowstone Lewis Lake Divide Snotel 4        
Yellowstone Parker Peak Snotel 3        
Yellowstone Thumb Divide Snotel 3        
Yellowstone Sylvan Road Snotel 3        
Yellowstone Sylvan Lake Snotel 1        
Yellowstone Tower Falls Ranger Station 0.5        
Yellowstone Lamar Ranger Station 0.5        

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