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6-10 inches on the way for Casper, the mountain to take in 12-18

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." ...SNOW ON THE WAY FOR THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA... .COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF PACIFIC MOISTURE ALONG WITH FAVORABLE TERRAIN AND 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...WITH MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE ALONG WITH A STRONG NORTHERLY WIND THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT ALONG THE INTERSTATE 25 AND 90 CORRIDOR... INCLUDING THE CASPER AND BUFFALO AREAS. INTERSTATE 80 WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED BY THIS SYSTEM LATE THIS AFTERNOON...WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY TUESDAY...BEFORE TAPERING OFF AND BECOMING LIGHTER IN INTENSITY OVERNIGHT TUESDAY. THE BASINS AND FOOTHILLS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN WYOMING WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED WITH SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN ADDITION TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AT TIMES. WYZ020-022-141900- /O.UPG.KRIW.WS.A.0009.151214T2200Z-151216T1200Z/ /O.NEW.KRIW.WS.W.0009.151214T2200Z-151216T0700Z/ NATRONA COUNTY LOWER ELEVATIONS-CASPER MOUNTAIN- INCLUDING THE CITY OF...CASPER 150 AM MST MON DEC 14 2015 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT MST TUESDAY NIGHT... 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 THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.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 LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. A GUSTY NORTHERLY WIND AND PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL FOLLOW OVERNIGHT THROUGH SUNSET TUESDAY. LIGHTER SNOW WILL OCCUR TUESDAY NIGHT. * SNOWFALL...SNOWFALL OF 6 TO 10 INCHES WITH 12 TO 18 INCHES ON CASPER MOUNTAIN. * WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 35 MPH ACROSS OPEN AREAS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITY UNDER ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES. * MAIN IMPACT...A LAYER OF ICE UNDERNEATH OCCASIONAL HEAVY SNOW...ESPECIALLY MONDAY NIGHT...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL... ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATE 25. * 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. *Featured photo h.t Shannon Morris* #oilcity #news