Winter Storm Update Sat AM

Messages of the Day:
• Winter Storm Warnings currently in effect and continue through Monday
morning for the potentially historic snow storm for southeastern Wyoming
and the Nebraska Panhandle. Blizzard Warnings will begin tonight.
• Worst conditions are forecast to occur Saturday afternoon through Sunday
evening due to a combination of heavy snow and gusty winds.

Important Forecast Changes:
•Blizzard Warnings have been expanded to include Rawlins and Scottsbluff.
•Increased snow totals for the Panhandle with a freezing rain start and daytime highs leading to rain in the morning, then transitioning to snow. •Upgraded Winter Storm Watches to Warnings for the Panhandle.

Hazards: Historic Winter Storm Possible. Heavy snowfall with strong wind
gusts up to 35-60 MPH possible for southeastern Wyoming and the northern
Panhandle. Extreme impacts are expected across most of the region.
Timing & Duration: Increasing snowfall amounts Saturday afternoon. Highest impacts and greatest snowfall rates expected mid-day Saturday into Sunday night.
Impacts: Heavy, snow-packed, and icy roads, as well as gusty winds and low visibilities, especially Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Cold wind chills will lead to extreme conditions Sunday morning. May need to protect area
livestock and avoid prolonged outdoor exposure. Wind chills will be 15
degrees and below.

Hazards: Blizzard conditions expected Saturday night through Sunday.
Blizzard warnings will begin Saturday night and will likely need to be
expanded north and south. Widespread heavy snowfall will combine with
strong easterly wind gusts up to 35-60 MPH. Significant snow accumulations
across Interstate 25 from Cheyenne to Douglas and Interstate 80 from
Arlington to Sidney.
Timing & Duration: Starting Saturday night through Sunday evening.
Impacts: Possible power outages and hazardous travel conditions.
Widespread whiteout conditions with reduced visibility and continuous heavy snowfall.

Area ranchers can expect severe impacts to newborn livestock.
Snow will also be plentiful and heavy, laden with liquid. Snow drifts will be a hazard to livestock. Liquid precipitation could be detrimental. Take action to protect your herd!

Additional information available at https://www.weather.gov/cys/

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