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15/530PM: Greetings! Everyone have enough high winds yet? We certainly have, but Mother Nature does what she wants to do. The forecast through the weekend into the beginning of next week for southeast Wyoming and Nebraska Panhandle calls for unsettled weather. We're watching two low pressure systems. The first currently moving into the northern Rockies (Low #1) will bring widespread light snow to our western mountains Saturday as it tracks into western Colorado tomorrow afternoon. Not a lot of snow, maybe 3-5 inches of snow for the Snowy and Sierra Madre Ranges. A stronger low (Low #2), currently in the southern Gulf of Alaska is forecast to move onshore Washington State Sunday morning and into Wyoming Monday morning. This low is expected to create strong winds across southeast Wyoming Sunday. We could be looking at warning level winds for our wind prone areas, leading to travel impacts for light weight and high profile vehicles. Strong winds could spread out into Laramie, Cheyenne and Wheatland as well. As the low moves through Monday, just about everyone stands a chance of getting measureable snowfall Monday, even in the Panhandle. So stay tuned to later updates in the forecast as we move into the weekend. We'll keep you up to date!
15/615PM: Greetings! Thought we would share today's Climate Prediction Center's 6-10 Day and 8-14 Day Climate Outlooks for across the area. There is mostly good news with these outlooks as we finally get increased chances to pack the mountains with snow and decrease the impacts some, on the major drought conditions we've been experiencing across Wyoming and western Nebraska. The outlook for 21-25 January calls for well below normal temperatures and well above normal precipitation. The bad news, this precipitation will fall as snow. We could see some winter storms with this well above precipitation, leading to travel impacts. Of course, we can never count out high wind events as these low pressure systems move into the Rockies, so strong wind events will likely be possible through this timeframe as well. The 8-14 day outlook for 23-29 January shows the colder temperatures and above normal precipitation continuing. Again, good news for our drought conditions, but bad news for travel impacts on area highways. It definitely looks like an active weather period ahead. Stay tuned!
Morning Update – Good morning! Here's an outlook of our current drought conditions across the High Plains. Around 95% of the High Plains population is experiencing abnormally dry to exceptional drought. The good news is above-normal precipitation is favored for the upcoming 8-14 days ahead!