CHEYENNE – Cheyenne could experience winds reaching 65 to 75 mph during a storm expected to hit much of the state over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that will remain in effect for much of southeast Wyoming from 6 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Sunday. 

"I would say a good bet of 60 to 65 (mph winds), with a 20% to 30% chance of greater than 75 (mph) in the city itself," NWS meteorologist Andrew Lyons said.

While winter storm and blizzard warnings are in effect for much of central Wyoming, the storm is projected to bring just one to three inches of snow to Cheyenne, according to the National Weather Service.

Though wind speeds will be high, Lyons said temperatures in the area won't be extremely cold.

"For lows tomorrow, we're actually only in the 20s, and for Sunday, we get down to about 18 (degrees Fahrenheit), so nothing insanely cold," Lyons said. "No single digits, nothing like that."

The wind chill values will be slightly lower, though Lyons said they are not expected to reach thresholds necessary to issue a wind chill warning.

"During the day, we're at our warmest with the wind, and it's actually going to be OK," Lyons said.

The Weather Service also recommended travelers pack an emergency car kit that includes blankets, nonperishable food and other provisions.

"With high wind warnings, we want people to take them seriously," Lyons said. "If people don't have to be out driving on it, we suggest not being there."

During the storm, blowing snow is also likely to be a problem on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie.

The high wind warning will be in effect during the 29th annual Cheyenne Christmas Parade, which is set to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Cheyenne.

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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