A worker crosses the snowy tracks in the Union Pacific rail yard after the first snowfall of the season Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Cheyenne. Up to four inches of snow fell across some parts of the Capital City, according to the National Weather Service. Nadav Soroker/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – Following a snowstorm overnight Wednesday that produced up to four inches of snow in some parts of Cheyenne, warmer weather is expected over the weekend.

Though the initial winter weather watch was scheduled to remain in effect until noon today, the brunt of the winter weather has passed, National Weather Service of Cheyenne science and operations officer Rob Cox said.

“The snow event is pretty much over with, so that’s the good thing,” Cox said Thursday afternoon.

The heaviest snowfall occurred late Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Cox described the storm as a uniquely strong system due to its combination of rapidly dropping temperatures, thunder and snow pellets.

The Weather Service recorded two and a half inches of snow at its operations center on Airport Parkway in Cheyenne, though other areas of the city had up to four inches, Cox said.

During the storm, there were three car crashes resulting in injuries in Laramie County, and there were no immediate deaths due to crashes, Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Romig said. For a time Thursday morning, the Cheyenne Police Department issued an accident alert, which directs motorists to exchange information and file a delayed accident report later, as long as crashes don’t involve injuries.

Despite the snow tapering off, the Weather Service projected Thursday night to be the coldest night of the fall so far, as wind chills were expected to reach -4 degrees Fahrenheit by 6 a.m. today.

In such conditions, exposed skin can start to develop frostbite within 45 minutes at lower elevations and 30 minutes at higher elevations, according to the Weather Service.

After the coldest night to date for the fall season, the weekend is expected to bring warmer weather.

“After Thursday night, we should see the warm-up commence,” Cox said.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s on Saturday and could reach the 60s Sunday.

Tom Coulter is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at tcoulter@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter at @tomcoulter_.

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