Nov 24, 2015

Large winter storm expected to impact holiday travel

A significant winter storm is expected to hit the region beginning tonight (Tuesday) with snow possible through Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Weather Service.

“Are you going to Grandma's for Thanksgiving this week? You might want to pay attention: It looks like a large winter storm will affect much of the region this Wednesday and Thursday — two of the busiest travel days of the year,” the National Weather Service in Riverton posted on its Facebook page over the weekend.

A snowman is pictured in front of Albright Visitor Center in Yellowstone on Nov. 3. Photo courtesy Jim Peaco, NPS
Areas from Casper to Lander and southward are expected to get the heaviest snow.
Snow will make mountain passes and roads increasingly slick beginning tonight (Tuesday) through Thursday.

"It looks like the heaviest snow and strongest winds will occur Wednesday night and early Thanksgiving Day," said a Monday update from the weather service. "Snow will then slowly taper off Thursday night through Friday."

Travel along Interstate 25, 80 and 90 could be significantly impacted, with areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility, the weather service said.

Winds could be strong enough to potentially blow over light trailers and high-profile vehicles, especially along Interstate 80 and over South Pass.

Temperatures are forecast to dip into the single digits on Wednesday night, with wind chills near 20 below zero in some areas.

Cody is predicted to perhaps get a small amount of snow  tonight and up to 2-4 inches possible Wednesday. Temperatures are supposed to sink as low as -2 degrees on Thanksgiving night.

For up-to-date information about the storm, visit www.weather.gov/riw/Thanksgiving2015. Updated road conditions are available at www.wyoroad.info.

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