CASPER, Wyo. – Weather-weary holiday travelers aren’t out of the woods just yet.
If travelers made their Thanksgiving destinations in spite of a powerful storm closed highways and cancelled flights in Wyoming and surrounding states, another storm is threatening to add misery to the return trip.
The National Weather Service in Riverton has put Casper on a winter storm watch starting Friday and extending through Saturday evening.
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The NWS says snow showers are expected after 11 a.m. with blustery conditions and frigid temperatures to follow.
The NWS says total accumulation of 5 to 10 inches is possible, with 12 to 18 predicted on Casper Mountain. Wind gusts could reach 45 mph.
“Travel could be very difficult,” says the NWS, “hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.”
The storm will mainly affect northern and central Wyoming.
Those braving the downtown Christmas Parade and David Street Station Community Christmas Tree lighting on Saturday evening should expect blustery conditions and very cold temperatures. Low temperatures on Saturday night are expected to dip to 13 degrees.
Thanksgiving day will be calm and sunny, with a high near 37 degrees.