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By Karla Pomeroy

Record precipitation falls on Worland


November 3, 2017

Karla Pomeroy

Leaves still waiting to fall were covered in snow when the first winter storm of the season hit northern Wyoming Wednesday night and Thursday morning. There were about four to five inches in Worland and Thermopolis with nearly eight inches in Ten Sleep, according to the National Weather Service.

WORLAND - A record amount of precipitation fell on Worland Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

During the storm that began early evening Wednesday and lasted through Thursday morning, Worland recorded .39 inches of precipitation for Nov. 1, beating a previous record for Nov. 1 of .19 inches set in 1973. According to the National Weather Service office in Riverton, Worland reported four to five inches of snow by Thursday at noon. Areas just outside of Worland reported up to eight inches of snow.

Total precipitation for the year in Worland is at 8.19 inches, 1.19 inches above normal.

The National Weather Service reported 7.5 inches in Ten Sleep.

The NWS also reported 5.5 inches of snow in Thermopolis. The Hot Springs County School District delayed bus routes and thus the start of school by two hours due to concerns about road conditions. Classes began at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Some residents in the Thermopolis and Kirby areas reported up to 10 to 12 inches in the rural areas.

The storm also brought some power outages. Big Horn REA had an outage in Ten Sleep. High Plains Power had minor outages in the Worland, Lander and Dubois areas.

The NWS is forecasting a 30 percent chance of rain or snow for Worland on Saturday with a 20 percent chance Saturday night and Sunday.


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