Update on Winter Storm Warning for Star Valley

Update on Winter Storm Warning for Star Valley



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
1231 PM MST THU DEC 15 2016

...A MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT WESTERN AND PARTS
OF CENTRAL WYOMING TODAY SPREADING ACROSS THE REST OF THE AREA
LATER TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

.AMPLE AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO STREAM ACROSS WESTERN
WYOMING TODAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN STEADY SNOWFALL THROUGH
FRIDAY...BEFORE AN ARCTIC FRONT MOVES OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
PORTIONS ON FRIDAY. PERIODS OF HEAVY WET SNOW WILL FALL IN THE
MOUNTAINS...ESPECIALLY THE TETONS. STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO LEAD TO
SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH
SEVERELY REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. SIGNIFICANT SNOW WILL
ALSO OCCUR OVER THE BIGHORN MOUNTAINS THROUGH FRIDAY AS WELL AS
THE CODY FOOTHILLS. SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD EAST OF THE
DIVIDE LATER TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...AS THE ARCTIC FRONT
SURGES SOUTHWARD.
STAR VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AFTON...ALPINE...STAR VALLEY RANCH...
THAYNE
1231 PM MST THU DEC 15 2016

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST FRIDAY...

* TIMING...ENOUGH WARM AIR HAS WORKED INTO THIS STORM THAT THERE
  WILL BE PERIODS OF RAIN OR RAIN AND SNOW MIXED ACROSS THE STAR
  VALLEY...ESPECIALLY THE LOWEST ELEVATIONS. OTHER HIGHER AREAS
  MAY STAY SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES. SOME COLDER AIR WILL WORK IN ON
  FRIDAY. ALSO HEAVIER PRECIPITATION LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND
  TONIGHT MAY CHANGE OTHER AREAS TO A VERY HEAVY WET SNOW.

* TOTAL SNOWFALL...6 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS 12 TO 18 INCHES
  IN THE HIGHER SPOTS AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS. THE HIGHER AMOUNTS
  WILL GENERALLY BE ON THE NORTH END OF THE VALLEY. ALPINE
  REPORTED 6 INCHES OVERNIGHT WITH 3 TO 4 INCHES AROUND THAYNE.

* WIND AND VISIBILITY...EXPECT A SOUTH WIND OF 15 TO 25 MPH AND
  GUSTY AT TIMES THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. THIS WILL RESULT IN
  BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... ALONG WITH LOWERED VISIBILITY DOWN
  TO ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...ROADS MAY BECOME SLICK AND SNOW PACKED WITH LIMITED
  VISIBILITY AT TIMES. PEOPLE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD
  BE PREPARED FOR ADVERSE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS AND TAKE THE
  PROPER PRECAUTIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... AND
OR BLOWING SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS COULD MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL KEEP SOME FOOD...
WATER... AND AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY. CHECK THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AT WYOROAD.INFO OR BY
DIALING 5 1 1.

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