Another very moist Pacific Storm system will be spreading copious amounts of precipitation inland across California toward Wyoming the next 2 days. The air mass is relatively warm thus snow levels are expected for the most part to remain above the valley floor in Star Valley.
However it will be another major snow event in the mountains and higher elevations of
|Model Total Precipitation Forecast Sunday evening until midnight Tuesday in inches.|
Note the excessively large amounts of precipitation in the Central Sierras of California.
|Visible Satellite Imagery Sunday Afternoon|
Accordingly the Riverton Forecast Office has posted a Winter Storm Watch
for the higher elevations of Wyoming.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Riverton WY 229 PM MST Sun Feb 19 2017 ...A strong pacific storm will bring heavy snow to the western mountains from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening... .A strong pacific storm will bring heavy snow to the western mountains from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Strong west to southwest winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. The western valleys will see mainly rain. Yellowstone National Park-Absaroka Mountains- Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains-Wind River Mountains West- Salt River and Wyoming Ranges- Including the cities of Lake, Mammoth, and Old Faithful 229 PM MST Sun Feb 19 2017 ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING... The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. * TIMING...Snow and strong winds are expected to move into the western mountains of Wyoming Monday afternoon. Snow and wind are expected to continue through Tuesday evening. * Snowfall accumulation`s...snowfall of 12 to 24 inches is expected possibly up to 30 inches in the Teton mountains. * Wind and Visibility...west to southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph on the passes and upper ridges. Visibility frequently below a quarter mile in heavy snow and blowing snow. * MAIN IMPACT...Travel may become very difficult over the mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow and/or blowing snow that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.