Area may dodge worst weather with winter storm


NWS: ‘Confidence high’ storm will bring ice, snow and travel issues  

CHEYENNE – Confidence remains high at the National Weather Service forecast office in Cheyenne in the winter storm forecast for southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska today through Friday.

The good news is, snow totals for the storm have been downgraded for much of the region, according to a release Thursday morning from the agency. Snow total forecasts range from zero to 1-inch along the U.S. Hwy. 26 corridor to the potential for 6- to 8-inches in far southern Goshen County.

Goshen, Niobrara and portions of northern and eastern Platte counties in Wyoming and most of the Nebraska Panhandle remain under a blizzard warning through 6 a.m. Friday. The forecast calls for sustained winds from the north to northeast at 25-35 miles per hour, with gusts to 50 mph possible in some areas, along and east of the Interstate 25 corridor, according to the report.

Blowing and drifting snow, combined with the possibility of the storm being preceded by rain to a mix of rain and snow, could lead to difficult travel conditions across the region. Ice accumulation of 0.01- to 0.25-inches are possible in northern Goshen and Platte counties and all of Niobrara County in advance of the snow are forecast, with a band of greater accumulation along Hwy. 20 north of Lusk and extending into Sioux County in western Nebraska.

 

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