Bitterly Cold Weather Expected This Weekend
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issues a Wind Chill Advisory in effect through Monday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Wind chills are anticipated to range from 25 to 35 below zero.
The combination of wind and cold temperatures will create dangerously low wind chill values. When venturing outside, cover all parts of your body, especially your head, face, and hands
Despite a slight thaw this past week, subzero temperatures are expected to move back into the region just in time for the weekend.
Snow accumulation will be minimal, according to Melissa Smith, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, calling for two to four inches of snow over the next two days.
But it will be extremely cold; early forecasts predict temperatures to plummet well below zero with highs rarely surpassing single digits.
With breezy northern winds sweeping across Northeast Wyoming, wind chill values ranging from 25 to 40 below are possible.
Smith anticipates the temperatures should not drop further than 10 to 20 below.
It appears, however, that this is winter’s last hurrah before warmer weather begins to settle in.
“The good news is: this looks to be the last shot of very cold arctic air for the season,” Melissa wrote in an email.
Next week, beginning March 4, below average temperatures will persist with average highs anticipated around 44 and average lows around 21.
“Highs in the 20s and lows in the single digits and teens will be more common,” Smith advised.
Precipitation levels will look different as well as March kicks off, with dry conditions predicted for the beginning of next week.
But, as always, the wind will persist with Smith calling for gusty winds blowing down from the north and northwest.