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Tom Kraner of Cheyenne sends snow flying off his windshield after initial snowfall and before a blizzard warning went into effect for southeast Wyoming on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Cheyenne. The National Weather Service predicted gusts up to 50 mph and snowfall potentially reaching 9 inches, but later in the day, it seemed uncertain whether the Capital City would actually receive that amount. Jacob Byk/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – It wasn’t the “snow-pocalypse” or bomb cyclone that Laramie County residents experienced last month.

It wasn’t exactly the blizzard initially predicted, either. But Wednesday’s storm was just snowy and breezy enough to send people home from work and school and make travel difficult.

As of 3 p.m., Cheyenne had received about 4 inches of snow, but an additional 4 inches was predicted to fall during the overnight hours, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Brothers.

“The storm has developed a little bit slower than we were initially expecting, but we’re looking at a decent amount of snowfall for the Cheyenne area,” Brothers said.

Students in both Laramie County K-12 school districts were sent home early, Laramie County Community College canceled afternoon activities and government offices closed.

Officials at F.E. Warren Air Force Base staggered early release of non-mission essential personnel in 20-minute increments Wednesday morning.

Some local businesses sent people home in advance of the winter storm that sent temperatures below freezing and created icy road conditions in some areas.

The Love’s Travel Stop on College Drive was seeing its share of business at midday Wednesday with 18-wheeler trucks moving in and out.

For Roger Surratt with McLain Foodservice in Denver, it was just another day at the office.

“It’s not bad,” Surratt said. “Fort Collins (Colorado) was worse than this.”

As of press time, a blizzard warning remained in effect until 3 p.m. this afternoon for Laramie, Goshen and Platte counties, and portions of far east Albany County, including the cities of Cheyenne, Pine Bluffs, Torrington and Wheatland.

Forecasters could cancel that warning earlier today, if conditions warrant.

“We might have some snow showers (this) morning, but for the most part it should be moving out of our area,” Brothers said.

Brothers said strong winds are still possible, with gusts up to 35 mph that could produce blowing snow this morning.

Officials at schools and governmental offices are taking a wait-and-see approach to closures today.

Mary Quast, spokeswoman for Laramie County School District 1, said in an email that the district would communicate any closure or delay prior to 6 a.m.

“Remember, the only time LCSD1 will issue a robo-call is if all schools are canceled,” Quast said. “If you do not receive a call, school is in session.”

Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr said the city would notify employees and the public if weather will interfere with normal business operations today.

“We will wait and access the situation (this) morning,” she said.

Steve Knight is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3182 or sknight@wyomingnews.com.

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