GILLETTE, Wyo. — It’s a frosty Black Friday morning for Gillette after a Thanksgiving snowstorm dropped about 1 inch of fresh powder on the city, according to data from the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Central and southern Wyoming have taken the brunt of this snow system, with roads and highways throughout the state covered in drifted snow and ice. A winter storm warning continues for areas south of Campbell County, impacting much of Interstates 25 and 80. Forecasts in both Natrona County and Laramie County are calling for up to 4 or more inches of snow today.
The NWS in Riverton is reporting more than 12 inches of snow in Riverton at around 11 p.m. Thursday. Lander reported around 18 inches. Casper received 6.4 inches through midnight, and Cheyenne received 4.8 inches.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is warning of no unnecessary travel on many of the state’s highways. In the Campbell County area, WYDOT is warning most roads are slick in spots with snowfall.
This storm system is expected to move out of the state by mid-morning Saturday. Until then, snow and wind will continue across most of central and southeastern Wyoming.
As for Gillette, there is a 30% chance for snow today. Skies will be cloudy, and the high will reach near 21. Windchill values as low as 4 are expected as winds come from the southeast at 9–11 mph and gusts reach 18 mph. Tonight will be mostly cloudy as the low falls to around 9. Windchill values will be as low as 0.
Skies Saturday will be mostly sunny, and the high will reach 25. Windchill values early on will be as low as minus 2 thanks to a west wind at 8–10 mph. There is a 30% chance for a return of snow showers after 11 p.m. Saturday night. Patchy, blowing snow will be possible then. Although the low is forecast at 18, that’s expected to rise to around 21 by 5 a.m. Windchill values will be as low as zero. Winds from the west are expected to increase from 11–16 mph to 21–26 mph after midnight.
Winter conditions will continue Sunday with patchy, blowing snow before 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy, later gradually clearing to become sunny. The high will be around 29. Blustery conditions with a northwest wind of 19–24 mph are expected. Winds should die down to 11–16 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low near 13.
Warmer temperatures are expected as the work week sets in. Monday will be sunny with a high near 34, Tuesday sunny with a high near 39 and Wednesday sunny with a high near 37. Overnight lows each night will be between 15 and 19 degrees, according to the forecast.