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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Autumn is arriving early

Colder weather, rain, frost and snow on the horizon


September 13, 2017

WORLAND – The warm, OK, hot, dry weather, which the Big Horn Basin has been experiencing, will be moving out Thursday to be replaced with much cooler temperatures, rain, snow and frost. But the warmer weather will not go out without a fight as thunderstorms will precede the cold.

“We are due for our first major autumn storm. Thursday after the initial round of thunderstorms ahead of the system, temperatures will continue on a downward slide along with wet conditions. Friday should be pretty wet and chilly for much of the area as well as Saturday,” National Weather Service Riverton Meteorologist Dave Lipson said. “It’s going to be colder everywhere and a lot of areas could see their first frost Sunday morning, if they haven’t already seen it. I would say covering your gardens on Saturday evening as being a necessity,” he added.

Lipson stated that the mountains above 8,500/9,000 feet could see four-eight inches of snow Friday through Saturday with elevations at 10,000 feet having the possibility of seeing rain turning to snow Thursday and Thursday night.

Sunday and Monday should be nice with the sun shining and blue skies but the

reprieve will be short lived. “Most of the rain and higher elevation snow should be winding down Saturday evening then after that, behind the system, we will have some pretty stark autumn weather, nice cool autumn weather, the sun will be out and the sky should be real blue. The fires up in the northwest part of the country should slow down significantly producing less smoke for us. It should be ideal fall conditions Sunday and Monday. Then another system brings some precipitation Tuesday, with more snow in the highest elevations,” Lipson said.

The National Weather Service in a special statement advised, “Campers, hunters and other outdoor interests should keep abreast of the latest developments on this first cold, wet, and white, storm system of the pre-fall season. Some of the higher trails in the Big Horn Mountains could be covered by a significant amount of snow later Friday into Saturday. Pay attention to the latest forecast and plan accordingly.”


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