GOSHEN COUNTY – A storm expected to impact Goshen County and the surrounding areas on Wednesday and Thursday of this week has been picking up steam and now, according to a release from Goshen County Emergency Manager Shelly Kirchhefer, it is borderline close to being classified as a blizzard.
In the release, Kirchhefer said the northern and southern portions of the county can expect between 8 and 12 inches of snow and Torrington, Lingle and Ft. Laramie could receive between six and eight inches. That snow, coupled with expected 30-40 mph winds and gusts up to 50 mph, could produce whiteout conditions, possibly close roads and cause drifts of one to two feet. The storm could sporadic power damages and impacts to livestock.
The storm is expected to begin with rain, and then turn to heavy snow on Wednesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, blizzard warnings are already in effect for much of the Nebraska panhandle. Cheyenne, Converse County and Niobrara County will be under a winter storm warning as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. All warning are valid un noon Thursday.
The NWS advised that travel in southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle will be significantly affected and all unnecessary travel should be cancelled, especially late morning Wednesday through early Thursday morning.
For more information, contact the NWS at 1-800-269-6220 or visit weather.gov/cys. For continuing updates on closures in the Goshen County area, visit the Torrington Telegram on Facebook.