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Major Storm Arriving Into The Western U.S.

A major Pacific storm system will arrive into the Pacific Northwest and produce locally heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, gusty winds and a slew of marine hazards. This significant storm will dig down the West Coast over the weekend into the Southwestern U.S. For Saturday and Sunday, expect heavy to excessive rainfall along the California coast and widespread heavy mountain snow across the West. Read More >


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A couple of storm systems moved through the area this holiday weekend, bringing widespread snow showers, and some rain to much of western and central Wyoming. The first system was on the warm side and delivered a light coating of wet snow to many spots along and east of the Divide. An especially vigirous and persistent band of snow set up in the Wind River Basin, delivering around 5 inches to the town of Riverton with much less snow to the north and east. Snow totals were erratic from both the Saturday and the Sunday/President's Day system. The second system was a bit colder which led to some freezing on the roads and many travel headaches for the Monday morning commute. Most of the more impressive snow totals actually occurred in the low elevations, and there were large variations in snow totals over short distances. The erratic snow accumulations, very wet snow, and showery nature of the two systems are usually something we see out of spring storms. For a February storm, it sure was a soaker.



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Both storm systems that moved through were pretty unstable, leading to scattered snow showers that produced snow fall rates of 1" per hour

- Photo from: Eric Nielsen of Green River

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The roads were warm coming into this event but that didn't stop this wet snow from accumulating underneath the more persistent snow bands. One of the more productive bands sat over the town of Riverton early Sunday morning, delivering 5 inches of wet slush to the roads.

- Photo from: WYDOT


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Snowfall 2/14 through 2/17
County Location Snowfall
Big Horn Bald Mountain Snotel 11
Big Horn Bone Springs Divide Snotel 9
Big Horn Shell Creek Snotel 6
Big Horn Powell Field Station 0.1
County Location Snowfall
Fremont South Pass Snotel 13
Fremont St. Lawrence Alt Snotel 10
Fremont Townsend Creek Snotel 10
Fremont Crowheart 9
Fremont 6 SW Lander 9
Fremont Riverton 6 to 8
Fremont Crowheart 8
Fremont Burris 8
Fremont Lander Airport 7.3
Fremont Hudson 7
Fremont Deer Park Snotel 7
Fremont Castle Creek Snotel 7
Fremont Hobbs Park Snotel 7
Fremont 9 SSE Lander 7
Fremont Atlantic City 6.6
Fremont 7 WNW Lander 6.2
Fremont Lander 5 to 6
Fremont Riverton Airport 5.9
Fremont 9 SSE Lander 5.5
Fremont 10 NNE Riverton 5
Fremont Cold Springs Snotel 4
Fremont Boysen Dam 4
Fremont Brooks Lake 4
Fremont Shoshoni 3.8
Fremont Lander 3.5
Fremont 2 SSW Arapahoe 3
Fremont Jeffrey City 3
Fremont 6 SE Lander 3
Fremont 15 W Jeffrey City 2.6
Fremont 10 NW Riverton 2.5
Fremont Little Warm Snotel 1
Fremont 10 WNW Dubois 1
Fremont Burroughs Creek Snotel 1
Fremont Dubois 0.5
County Location Snowfall
Hot Springs Owl Creek Snotel 6
Hot Springs 9 NE Thermopolis 2.2
Hot Springs Thermopolis 0.9
Hot Springs Thermopolis 0.3
County Location Snowfall
Johnson 1 NNW Barnum 17
Johnson Bear Trap Meadow Snotel 15
Johnson 7 NE Buffalo 12.3
Johnson Little Goose Snotel 10
Johnson Cloud Peak Reservoir Snotel 8
Johnson 8 NW Kaycee 6
Johnson Hansen Sawmill Snotel 5
Johnson Soldier Park Snotel 5
Johnson Buffalo 4.8
Johnson 4 SSW Buffalo 3.5
Johnson 17 E Kaycee 3
Johnson 12 SSE Buffalo 2
County Location Snowfall
Lincoln 5 SSE Smoot 2
Lincoln Commissary Ridge 2
Lincoln Blind Bull Summit 1
Lincoln 2 SE Thayne 0.5
Lincoln Afton 0.5
County Location Snowfall
Natrona Grave Spring Snotel 16
Natrona Casper Mountain Snotel 11
Natrona Reno Hill Snotel 11
Natrona Casper 4 to 8
Natrona 2 SW Casper 6.6
Natrona Paradise Valley 6
Natrona Midwest 5
Natrona Casper Airport 4.4
Natrona 4 NE Evansville 4.1
Natrona 5 SSW Casper 4
Natrona 10 WSW Casper 4
Natrona Powder River 3
County Location Snowfall
Park Marquette Snotel 14
Park Timber Creek Snotel 10
Park 3 NE Sunshine 7.4
Park Blackwater Snotel 6
Park 5 ESE Cody 4.5
Park 3 NW Meeteetse 4
Park Meeteetse 4
Park 4 SE Cody 3.6
Park Beartooth Lake Snotel 3
Park Cody 2 to 3
Park 26 SW Cody 2.8
Park Kirwin Snotel 2
Park Evening Star Snotel 1
Park 3 W Wapiti 0.7
Park 4 ENE Powell 0.1
County Location Snowfall
Sublette Pinedale 0.3
County Location Snowfall
Sweetwater Wamsutter 3
Sweetwater Rock Springs 1
Sweetwater 4 NNW Rock Springs 1
Sweetwater 7 SE Rock Springs 0.8
County Location Snowfall
Teton Togwotee Pass Snotel 3
Teton Togwotee Mountain Lodge 2
Teton Moose 1
Teton 12 NE Jackson 1
Teton Jackson Hole - Raymer 1
Teton Grand Targhee - Chief Joseph 1
Teton Jackson Hole - Rendezvous Bowl 1
Teton Jackson Hole - Mid Mountain 0.5
Teton 1 NNW Alta 0.5
Teton Jackson Hole - Base 0.1
Teton Snow King 0.1
Snowfall Location Snowfall
Washakie Middle Powder Snotel 17
Washakie Powder River Pass Snotel 7
Washakie 5 NNW Ten Sleep 1
Washakie 8 SW Worland 1
Washakie Ten Sleep 0.7
Washakie 16 SSE Ten Sleep 0.4
Washakie Winchester 0.2
Snowfall Location Snowfall
Yellowstone Yellowstone East Entrance 1
Yellowstone Snake River Ranger Station 1
Yellowstone Tower Falls Ranger Station 0.4




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