(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a winter storm watch for Natrona County, along with much of central and northwestern Wyoming.

According to the NWS in Riverton, a Pacific weather system is expected to start moving into the state early Thursday and spread to central Wyoming throughout the day, bringing possibly significant snowfall, unusually cold temperatures and gusty winds. Travel through central Wyoming is expected to be compromised through Friday, they said.

The NWS in Riverton said snow accumulations could reach 3–6 inches in areas of central Wyoming, with more than 6 inches on higher ground. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph are possible in portions of the state.

Thanksgiving Day in Casper will see a high of 37 degrees early on, with snow and colder temperatures expected as the morning progresses. The overnight low will be 16 degrees. Friday will see more snow and a high around 21 degrees, dipping to 7 degrees overnight. Skies are expected to clear by Saturday afternoon, but temperatures will remain cold with a high of 24 degrees and a low dipping again into single digits.