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Winter Storm Warning to impact Casper area travel Friday

A snowplow moves through Center Street in downtown Casper on Wednesday, March 14, during a heavy snowstorm in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Natrona County, and officials say a storm will affect travel in the area.

Periods of snow are predicted, and could be heavy at times. Forecasts call for total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across the lower elevations, and 10 to 18 inches on Casper Mountain.

NWS says that a major storm will track east across the Great Basin through Friday, and then reform and strengthen just east of the Rockies later Friday through Saturday.

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The Winter Storm Warning includes Natrona County, Casper, and Casper Mountain, from approximately 2:00 pm Friday to 6:00 pm Saturday.

Moderate to heavy snow is expected across many areas. Strong winds are also expected, especially for Johnson County Friday night and Saturday, where a blizzard warning is in effect.

NWS says that travel will be very difficult in the area. Blowing snow is predicted significantly reduce visibility.

The snow is expected to be mixed with freezing drizzle at the onset of the event Friday afternoon.

“This could result in a hidden layer of ice beneath the snow covered roads, making travel extremely hazardous,” the NWS Winter Storm Warning said Friday morning. “Travel on Interstate 25 as well as on Highways 26 and 220 will become extremely difficult.”

Weather officials advise, if you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511 from any phone in-state. You can also visit the WYDOT website.