Snow set moisture records in two citiesJan 4, 2015 By Katie Roenigk and Alejandra Silva, Staff Writers
Riverton's snowfall totals were trumped by Lander's over the past few days, with up to 13 inches on the ground in the Fremont County seat.
By comparison, Riverton's snow depth has remained fairly constant at two to three inches since Christmas.
Both cities saw brief, light snowfall on Saturday morning that didn't add significantly to the totals already accumulated.
The county's largest city saw about half of an inch of snow on Christmas Day, when the snow depth was measured at 2 inches. Lands division manager Gregg Schaub said the holiday was busy for city workers, six of whom worked all day to address the snowfall.
Precipitation totals reached a record .15 inch on the holiday, breaking the previous record of .05 inch in 2012.
A little more than an inch of snow fell Friday, Dec. 26, in Riverton, with 3 inches measured on the ground.
Little to no precipitation was recorded last Saturday and Sunday, but 1.5 inch fell Monday, Dec. 29, keeping the snow depth at 3 inches.
The precipitation total Monday was a record .16 inch, beating the previous record of .11 inch in 2005.
Lander saw 9.6 inches of snowfall on Christmas Day, bringing the snow depth from 4 inches to 12 inches by Dec. 26.
The holiday snow brought a record .62 inch of precipitation, surpassing the previous record of .36 inch set in 1943.
One inch of snow fell Dec. 26, followed by a dry day Saturday when no precipitation was measured. Two-tenths of an inch fell Sunday, when the snow depth fell to 10 inches.
The total was up to 13 inches Monday when almost 5 inches of snow fell in the county seat.
The city of Riverton is trying something different this year when it comes to snow removal.
Schaub said the city's public services department will push the snow toward the sides of local streets rather than piling it in the middle.
"So far it has been working pretty well," Schaub said Tuesday. "We try not to put it on the sidewalks at all."
He said the previous "wind row" system often impeded visibility for drivers.
Regardless, snow in Riverton's downtown still will be piled in the middle of the street until it can be removed.
The city operates three plows, one grader and two "ice-slicing" trucks that apply chemical melter at high traffic intersections.
Schaub recommends all motorists slow down when approaching the city's various snow removal trucks.