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Winter Storm Warning now in effect; Snow, cold coming this afternoon

The Riverton National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. The NWS is reporting that "copious amounts of Pacific moisture along with favorable terrain and an upper-level lift will increase snow intensity and coverage across the West this morning, moving East of the divide this afternoon along with a strong cold front." Wind River Basin weather: [image: Inline image 1] The NWS Statement is copied below: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT MST TUESDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...A RAIN AND SNOW MIX THIS AFTERNOON WILL QUICKLY TURN TO ALL SNOW AS A COLD FRONT RACES THROUGH EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. STRONG NORTHERLY WIND AND PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL FOLLOW OVERNIGHT. PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH SUNSET TUESDAY. LIGHTER SNOW OCCURS LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. * SNOWFALL...SNOWFALL OF 4 TO 8 INCHES. * WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS 35 TO 50 MPH ACROSS OPEN AREAS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITY NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. * MAIN IMPACT...A LAYER OF ICE UNDERNEATH OCCASIONAL HEAVY SNOW...ESPECIALLY TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL...ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATES 25 AND 90. * OTHER IMPACTS...THOSE WITH OUTDOOR INTERESTS SHOULD ALSO PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. [image: Inline image 2] [image: Inline image 3] Find your local forecast here . #county10 #news