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A long-lived winter storm pushed into the west over the weekend, with several inches of snow accumulating in the west on Sunday. Snow moved east of the Divide on Monday and into the central basins by Tuesday. Winds were also very strong with this storm, which led to High Wind Warnings along the Cody foothills and from eastern Sweetwater county into Natrona County. By the time skies cleared on Wednesday, some mountain locations accumulated over two FEET of snow while many low elevation locations accumulated over 6 inches with all of the forecast area reporting at least some accumulating snow during the event.
The snow was followed by a push of truly arctic air with some areas of Yellowstone reporting overnight lows near -40°F by Wednesday morning. The cold air will be in place for several days, occasional breezes will drop wind chills near -40°F, especially along the I-80 corridor and in eastern Sweetwater County. Click to Enlarge WYDoT works to clear the roads around Casper on Tuesday - Photo by Lona Patton Click to Enlarge Not all impacts were negative! Jackson Ski areas are loving the fresh powder! - Photo from @jhski on Twitter
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WYDoT works to clear the roads around Casper on Tuesday - Photo by Lona Patton
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Not all impacts were negative! Jackson Ski areas are loving the fresh powder! - Photo from @jhski on Twitter
Strong winds occurred ahead of the storm on Sunday Night and Monday. Here are some of the strongest wind gusts recorded:
Wind Gust (mph)
Mt. Coffin (10,870 ft)
Hoyt Peak (9,800 ft)
Chief Joseph Highway (8,136 ft)
7 SW Muddy Gap (7,380 ft)
Red Canyon (6,768 ft)
7 NW Lander (5,797 ft)
Summit - Jackson Resort (10,318 ft)
5 WNW Clark (4,659 ft)
16 S Hiland (6,380 ft)
Raymer - Jackson Resort (9,360 ft)
10 W Fort Washakie (9,235 ft)
Lander Airport (5,586 ft)
I-80 Mile Marker 157 (6,965 ft)
Beaver Rim (6,784 ft)
7 SW Barnum (6,440 ft)
8 W South Pass City (8,185 ft)
8 N Meeteetse (5,926 ft)
Buffalo Airport (4,970 ft)
Riverton Airport (5,525 ft)
Kemmerer Airport (7,285 ft)
Casper Airport (5,320 ft)
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