CHEYENNE – After days of enjoyable spring weather, winter will return to Cheyenne and southeast Wyoming on Wednesday.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne have issued Winter Storm Warnings for portions of southeast Wyoming, including the city of Cheyenne and the rest of Laramie County, as well as Platte and Goshen counties, from midday Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.
According to Rob Cox, a Cheyenne-based meteorologist, a cold front will move south across Laramie County around sunrise Wednesday and bring much colder temperatures to the area.
"We may see some freezing drizzle in the morning," Cox said. "That freezing drizzle may last until 9 or 10 a.m., but it's going to get pretty windy then."
Cox said residents can expect winds of about 25 to 30 mph when the cold front comes through the area Wednesday morning.
"In the afternoon, things are going to get bad in a hurry," he said. "We're looking at snowfall to begin right around noon. It's going to be pretty intense at times, as well."
Estimated snowfall in southeast Wyoming ranges from 4 to 6 inches in Cheyenne to 6 to 8 inches in Wheatland and Torrington between noon Wednesday and 6 p.m Thursday.
Winds will increase to about 30 to 40 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon, Cox said, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. Those conditions are expected to produce areas of blowing snow and reduce visibility, creating hazardous travel conditions.
Impacts to travel and roads will ramp up Wednesday morning and peak during the afternoon, evening and early morning hours of Thursday.
"We're still contemplating whether to put a blizzard warning out (for Laramie County)," Cox said Tuesday morning. "We're still examining that, but at this point there's going to be very low visibility. I wouldn't travel at all between noon until midnight (Wednesday)."
Blizzard warnings are in effect for the Nebraska panhandle from midday Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.