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Spring Snows Provide Major Benefit to Star Valley

Spring Snows Provide Major Benefit to Star Valley

In the wake of a particularly long mid winter period of little snow, the storm track has been favorable for Star Valley/Western Wyoming the past 3 months.  A striking example is the fact that at Star Valley Ranch the total snowfall of 12 inches in the month of May  was 3 inches greater than usually one of the snowiest winter month of February!  Both March and April provided beneficial snow as well with all 3 Spring months substantially improving the…

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Rain/Snow Totals Memorial Weekend Storm 2022

Rain/Snow Totals Memorial Weekend Storm 2022

Public Information Statement National Weather Service Riverton WY 306 PM MDT Tue May 31 2022 …Precipitation and Snowfall Totals Since Midday Saturday… Following are rainfall and snowfall totals from across western and central Wyoming since midday Saturday. The heaviest precipitation fell between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. We thank all volunteer weather observers for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official. Location Amount Time/Date Elev….

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Snow Fall Reports for May 30 2022

Snow Fall Reports for May 30 2022

Public Information Statement National Weather Service Riverton WY 616 PM MDT Mon May 30 2022 …SNOWFALL REPORTS THROUGH 3 PM MDT MONDAY MAY 30TH … Location AmountElevation Inches …Yellowstone National Park… Parker Peak (16 N Pahaska) 20 9400 Sylvan Lake (8 W East Entrance) 13 8420 Two Ocean Plateau (22 E South Entrance)10 9240 Lewis Lake Divide (5 N S. Entrance) 5 7850 Thumb Divide (2 SSW Grant Village) 5 7980 …Absaroka Mountains… Marquette (15 SE Wapiti) 29 8760 Beartooth…

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April Precipitation Boosts Runoff Potential

April Precipitation Boosts Runoff Potential

April showers, rain and snow, provided a beneficial boost to the runoff that is underway in Western Wyoming.  Given the below normal winter snowfall across much of the region, the active storm track that has been in place this Spring coupled with a wet Fall it is now looking to be a better than earlier expected water year, particularly in the Star Valley area. As of April 30th the Snow Water Equivalent in the current snow pack is near or…

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April Providing Beneficial Hope for Spring Runoff In Western Wyoming

April Providing Beneficial Hope for Spring Runoff In Western Wyoming

                                                        Springtime at Star Valley Ranch   A series of storms have provided beneficial snow to the mountains of western Wyoming in the first two weeks of April. After a rather dry first 3 months of 2022,  the snow pack and associated  water content was heading to a well below normal runoff this…

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Next April Snow Arrives Star Valley on Thursday

Next April Snow Arrives Star Valley on Thursday

Forecast Snowfall Through Friday Morning April 15 2022 Jackson Hole-Star Valley-Upper Green River Basin Foothills- South Lincoln County- Including the cities of Jackson, Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, Thayne, Pinedale, Kemmerer, and Cokeville 110 PM MDT Wed Apr 13 2022 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts possible across Star Valley and around Bondurant. Winds are…

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Winter Weather Advisory Monday night and Tuesday

Winter Weather Advisory Monday night and Tuesday

A vigorous and cold Spring storm will sweep across the region tonight and Tuesday. Snow and wind will be hazards with this storm, particularly mountains and passes. Star Valley-Salt River and Wyoming Ranges- Including the cities of Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, and Thayne 443 AM MDT Mon Apr 11 2022 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT TUESDAY… * WHAT…Periods of snow, heavy at times. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches in the valley, and…

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Winter Storm Watch Late Monday and Tuesday

Winter Storm Watch Late Monday and Tuesday

Jackson Hole-Star Valley- Including the cities of Jackson, Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, and Thayne 241 PM MDT Sun Apr 10 2022 …WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT… * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible. * WHERE…Star Valley. * WHEN…From Monday afternoon through late Tuesday night. * IMPACTS…Travel could be difficult at times. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Visibility in heavy snow could be reduced to a quarter mile or…

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High Winds and Snow On The Way

High Winds and Snow On The Way

An unusually strong  jet stream currently over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean is forecast to move rapidly into the Northwestern States reaching Western Wyoming and Star Valley by Monday Night. Following is a series of forecast maps illustrating the movement on the 150-160 kt 300mb jet stream toward Star Valley.       300mb forecast 6AM Tuesday April 5 2022   Following is the 6am Tuesday forecast position of the intense polar jet as it crosses Western Wyoming   Riverton National…

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End of Winter Star Valley Weather Summary

End of Winter Star Valley Weather Summary

    The weather highlight of March 2022 was the record breaking cold episode the 2nd week with temperatures dropping to levels not seen so late in the winter. The Bedford 3 SE official climate station observed a frigid -22F below zero the morning of the 11th.  In over 40 years of continuous records this is the coldest ever observed so late in the winter.  Previously so late in the winter was a  -22F at the same station on March…

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