Strong Winds Mean Blow Over Risk For Much Of State

Feb 18, 2016

Credit National Weather Service Riverton

Wyoming is seeing some of its famous wind today in a weather event that has sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles an hour, and could produce gusts in excess of 75mph around the state. A winter storm system that has dumped several inches of snow on the western mountains is causing the wind.

Trevor LaVoie is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Riverton. He says driving in wind like this is risky, but for now, that is the only factor.

"The main thing is going to be the blow over risk across the highway, which has obviously been consistent throughout the entire winter. But at least for today the main thing has just been the wind. There hasn’t been any precip with anything yet and most of the snow has been eroded away," says LaVoie.

That could change, though. Rain and snow showers are expected to move in across much of the state overnight. The high wind warning remains in effect for all of Wyoming except the Big Horn Basin until 5pm Friday.