By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Winter storm travel advisory for Big Horn Basin


February 24, 2017

WORLAND – The National Weather Service in Riverton reported Thursday that a major winter storm is ongoing across much of central and southern Wyoming through Friday, with whiteout conditions expected at times in rural areas. Road and air travel will be significantly impacted through Friday morning.

The combination of heavy snow and gusty wind will create widespread blowing and drifting snow, which will substantially reduce visibility.

Road closures are very possible, and on Thursday the Wyoming Department of Transportation listed all roads in the Big Horn Basin as moderate to slick, with blowing snow. No road closures were reported as of 2 p.m.

There are many different high school championship and regional tournaments this weekend.  If you need to travel Friday, the NWS strongly advises travelers to consider postponing traveling until Friday afternoon.

Ranchers should plan now to take necessary precautions to protect livestock and horses, especially newborn animals which are more vulnerable to the cold and snowy conditions.

As of early afternoon Thursday, snowfall amounts totaled up to 18 inches in areas of Fremont County, 3 inches in Hot Springs County, 3 inches in Johnson County, up to 16 inches in Natrona County, and 1 inch of accumulation in Washakie County, according to the NWS.

The forecast for the Big Horn Basin for Friday predicts a 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy skies are expected, with a high near 29. Winds will be from the northeast, 6 to 11 mph, becoming light and variable in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.


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