CHEYENNE – After several days of severe weather in Laramie County, local meteorologists say more is on the way.
This week, the county saw golf ball-sized hail and smaller hail as deep as 4 inches in some places – so significant that the Wyoming Department of Transportation had to deploy snow plows Thursday to clear icy roads on Interstate 25 south of Cheyenne.
A number of areas in downtown Cheyenne saw mild flooding, as well.
“We received reports of some standing water in downtown Cheyenne along Pershing Boulevard,” said Cheyenne National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Lyons.
Lyons said the strongest wind gusts were recorded at 67 miles per hour.
Strong thunderstorms are fairly typical this time of year in Laramie County; mid-summer has become known as monsoon season, where high pressure systems, shifting wind patterns and westward moisture produce aggressive storm activity.
“This weather is usually happening right around Cheyenne Frontier Days,” Lyons said. “We tend to get into this pattern and do see quite a few storms right around this time of year. It has been a little busier this year than past years, but it is typical.”
Central Laramie County was under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Friday, and will likely see similar severe weather activity through the weekend.
So far, no serious damage has been reported as a result of the storm systems.
“I have lived in Cheyenne for a quarter of a century, so I’m always ready for summer hail storms,” resident Kevin Lefton said. “Park your car somewhere covered, don’t ignore the weather alerts, and do your best to have an evacuation plan in the event of a tornado.
“Last year, the hail completely destroyed my windshield and the hood of my car. Most of us are used to it by now, but we should be taking it seriously.”