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Wyoming mountains could see up to foot of weekend snow; rain, 60+ mph wind gusts possible on I-25

I-25 Bear Creek on Friday morning. (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo. — With showers expected across western and central Wyoming on Friday and into the weekend, higher-elevation areas are expected to see some snow, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton.

With snow in the forecast, a stretch of the Beartooth Highway was temporarily closed on Friday morning due to the chance for hazardous driving conditions. The highway could see 2–5 inches of snow between Friday evening and noon Sunday, according to the NWS in Billings.

Higher elevations in the mountains could see even more snow, with up to a foot possible over the next three days, the following forecast map from the NWS in Riverton indicates:

Snow could lead to slick, hazardous driving conditions in areas including the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, according to the NWS in Riverton and the NWS in Billings. Hunters and others recreating outdoors should prepare for cool, wet weather.

In southeast Wyoming, numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday along and west of Interstate 25, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

“Some storms may produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph,” the NWS in Cheyenne said. “An unsettled weather pattern will persist through at least Monday, with daily chances for showers and thunderstorms.”

With the exception of the Beartooth Highway closure, there are no highway closures in Wyoming as of 9:30 a.m. Friday. People can check real-time road conditions from WYDOT.