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NWS: Winter storm warning in effect, up to 12 inches of snow and 45-mph gusts in areas of Wyo through Wednesday

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper is included in a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Riverton in effect this afternoon through Wednesday morning.

According to the NWS, lower elevations of Natrona County along with northern and northeastern areas of Wyoming should be prepared for significant winter weather overnight Monday and into Wednesday morning.

The warning calls for up to 8 inches of snow possible in lower elevations, and 12 inches on mountain areas. In addition, gusts up to 45 mph in some areas are possible, making commutes possibly difficult to impossible.

The NWS is also warning of possible tree branch damage and power outages if snowfall is significant.

In Casper, the high today will reach 55 degrees before scattered showers after 4 p.m. Rain will turn to snow on Tuesday morning, with snow and gusty winds continuing through the day and overnight before clearing later Wednesday morning.

A slight chance of additional snow is possible on Thursday evening.

Temperatures will be colder, with lows on Tuesday night dipping to 26 degrees, and a low of 20 degrees predicted overnight on Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-30s through Thursday.