CASPER, Wyo. – The National Weather Service in Riverton released peak wind gusts showing the amount of punishment much of central Wyoming received on Friday.
In Natrona County, a gust of 83 mph was recorded at Hat Six, and an 80 mph reading at a weather station southwest of town. Both were around 7 p.m.
The Casper airport had a gust of 62 mph, and a gust of 75 mph was recorded in Mills.
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Gusts between 70 and 80 mph were also recorded in Lander, Buffalo and Sunlight Basin in Park County.
The high winds caused WYDOT to close US 20 between Casper and Moneta on Friday night due to low visibility caused by dust storms.
Unfortunately, Natrona County remains under a high wind warning through tonight, with isolated snow showers likely. Gusts up to 65 mph are possible on Saturday.
Gusty winds will continue through the weekend and midweek, however they aren’t expected to be quite as extreme.