... WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* TIMING... A RAIN SNOW MIX THURSDAY EVENING WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW LATE THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVIEST BETWEEN MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH NOON ON FRIDAY. IN ADDITION... WINDS WILL BE GUSTY FROM THE NORTH WHICH WILL ENHANCE THE COLDER TEMPERATURES BUT MAY SAVE TREES FROM EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM THE WET EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL. WINDS NEAR BUFFALO AND KAYCEE COULD GUST OVER 40 MPH.

* MAIN IMPACT... PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WIND MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING... IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. SNOW ACCUMULATION ALONG THE I-25 CORRIDOR COULD RANGE FROM 7 TO 10 INCHES WITH OVER 12 INCHES POSSIBLE WHERE THE HEAVIER BANDS SET UP AND IN FAVORED UPSLOPE LOCATIONS LIKE SOUTH CASPER.

* OTHER IMPACTS... HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO TREES ALREADY WEAKENED BY THE LAST STORM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA.

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