The Cheyenne Office of the National Weather Service continues to warn Wyoming residents about an approaching arctic front that could bring wind chills of as low as -30 to some areas this week.

The agency is also warning about up to three feet of snow in the Sierra Madre and Snowy Range mountains. Cheyenne is included in a winter storm watch [see map below]. Laramie, at last report, was just outside of the watch area, but that is subject to change.

The weather service emailed a statement on Monday evening about the approaching front:

High Wind Warnings/Watches across the area: Strong winds on Monday night through Tuesday afternoon across SE WY and the Nebraska Panhandle.  Moderate

  • 65-85mph wind gusts likely over the wind-prone corridors of SE WY, and 60-65mph wind gusts possible over the Nebraska Panhandle.
  • Arctic air behind a strong cold front on Wednesday will cause bitter cold temperatures and wind chills below zero to occur by Thursday morning.  Moderate
    • Wind Chills as low as -20F to -30F possible on Thursday morning.
  • Winter Storm Watches for portions of SE WY and the southern Nebraska Panhandle late Tuesday (Mountains)/early Wednesday (Lower Elevations) into Thursday morning.  Moderate
    • Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain Ranges 1-3 feet of snow is possible.
    • Lower Elevations in the Winter Storm Watch could see 4-8+ inches of snow. 

Strong winds on Thursday will result in blowing snow for the majority of the area that sees accumulating snowfall occur

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