CASPER, Wyo. — Records are falling along with the snow.
According to the National Weather Service in Riverton, a new all-time daily snowfall record was broken for Casper on Monday after 26.7 inches of snowfall was recorded, easily trouncing the previous record of 24.3 inches set on Dec. 24, 1982. Weather records date back to 1937, according to the NWS in Riverton.
In addition, the NWS in Riverton says Casper is on track to break the all-time biggest snowstorm record of 31.3 inches, which was also set over the course of Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, 1982.
The NWS in Riverton says snowfall is expected to continue through this afternoon, and a blizzard warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Temperatures are expected to stay colder than normal through Thursday, with a high today reaching just 22 degrees and dipping to 13 degrees overnight. Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 29 degrees.
The storm has essentially closed in most of Casper, with surrounding roads and highways shut down since last night. Natrona County schools released students early on Monday and announced a virtual learning day for Tuesday.
County and city government offices are closed and only essential city services are operating, according to the City of Casper. The Casper Police Department issued a snow day declaration earlier today, meaning it will prioritize only the most pressing emergencies. There is a no unnecessary travel warning in effect for all of Natrona County today, the CPD said.
The Casper/Natrona County International Airport said on social media that all commercial flights are canceled today, with the exception of flights that arrive tonight to go out the following morning. However, the airport said that that is subject to change.