Another windy winter blast headed our way Thursday

*Feature Photo: Motorists planning to drive over Togwotee Pass on Thursday morning should be prepared for deteriorating road conditions and visibility from an approaching winter storm. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - An approaching storm system is likely to bring wintry conditions to areas west of the Continental Divide and high winds to southwest and central Wyoming beginning Wednesday night and continuing through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport. A High Wind Warning has been posted for the Wind River Basin and Central Wyoming for tonight and Thursday. Travelers on US Highways 20-26 and WYO 789 should be alert for very strong and shifting winds Thursday into Thursday night. Accumulating snow is likely in the mountains and valleys of western Wyoming, especially on Thursday. High wind over southwest and central Wyoming will increase Thursday morning and peak Thursday afternoon. Wind gusts over 60 mph are possible across a wide swath of Wyoming. Winds will generally be from the south to southwest. [image: Inline image 1] *Wind River Basin Forecast from National Weather Service* Those traveling over the western passes, like Teton, Togwotee, and Salt River, should be prepared for deteriorating road conditions and visibility by Thursday morning. Commuters should plan to leave early in order to allow for the wintry conditions and for other delays. Motorists traveling I-80 and other roads and highways of southwest and central Wyoming should be prepared for possible cross-winds. *What/When:* Snow across the western Wyoming mountains is expected to begin late Wednesday night and increase in intensity Thursday. South to southwest wind will increase Thursday morning over southwest and central Wyoming. The strongest wind speeds are likely during the midday and afternoon hours Thursday. The wind and snow will decrease Thursday evening into early Friday morning. *Amounts/Speeds:* Total snowfall of 7 to 14 inches is possible in the Teton and Gros Ventre ranges. Some valley locations could see light accumulations although warm temperatures may allow for rain to mix with snow in the valleys on Thursday. Wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are possible across southwest and central Wyoming. Some gusts to 70 mph may be possible from Lander east to Casper. #county10 #news