Winter finally arrives

After an unseasonably warm winter season, Old Man Winter has finally reared his head bringing snow and cold temperatures to the area.

On Monday, the area saw a few inches of snow but got a reprieve from the white stuff on Tuesday, which was cold but stayed fairly dry.

Gene Spragg dusted off his snow blower and cleared his driveway in Lovell on Monday as the first significant snow of the winter season hit the area.

The National Weather Service calls for a chance of snow in the Lovell area on Thursday and a high near 30 degrees. Wind chill values are predicted to be as low as -5 degrees.

The chance of more snow is expected to continue through early Friday morning according to a National Weather Service storm warning that was issued on Wednesday morning.

The storm warning announced a “very moist Pacific storm system” that is expected to impact western Wyoming through Thursday night and is expected to last until around 5 a.m. on Friday.

Travelers are urged to take precautions. The report warns that light snow will increase in intensity through Thursday, along with increasing southwest wind in some parts of the state. Snow will be heavy at times through Thursday night with accumulations up to one or two feet at higher elevations. The service is predicting winds out of the southwest in some areas up to 35 to 45 mph with much stronger gusts over the peaks causing visibility under one quarter mile at times in some areas.

By Patti Carpenter