Winter Storm Watch for western Wyoming mountains
February 20, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from late Monday night (Feb. 20) through late Wednesday night for the mountains of western Wyoming (Wyoming and Salt River Ranges, Wind River Mountains West, Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains).
Snowfall is expected to increase through the night with moderate to heavy amounts by Tuesday morning. Winds will increase significantly late Tuesday through Wednesday night.
West winds will start out around 20 to 30 mph, then increase to 40 to 50 mph with gusts as high as 90 mph on the passes and higher peaks of the western slopes of the Wind River Mountains on Wednesday. Visibility will be near zero at times in snow and blowing snow. The heaviest snowfall is expected in the north towards Gannett Peak with lower amounts amounts to the south around South Pass. Snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches is expected.
As snow and winds increase, travel and outdoor activity may become hazardous. Travelers should be prepared for road closures. Be prepared for winter travel conditions and allow extra time to reach your destination.
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