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Fremont County got biggest brunt of weekend storm

Feb 14, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The snowstorm that blanketed Wyoming with much-needed precipitation last weekend left its heaviest snow totals in Fremont County.

The National Weather Service Office in Riverton reported the 20.6 inches of snowfall three miles southwest of Lander was the largest amount statewide produced from the potent three-day storm. Areas surrounding the town reported substantial amounts ranging from a foot up to more than 17 inches.

Within Lander's city limits, 15.8 inches was recorded at Hunt Field Airport.

The storm made its way into the area Friday afternoon, dumping 3.5 inches of snow on Lander that day.

According to the NWS, the brunt of the storm was Saturday, with a reported 10.8 inches of snowfall, which is well below the .4 inches normally seen this time of year. The .47 inch of precipitation produced surpassed that day's previous record of .43 inch set in 1944.

Another 1.5 inches on Sunday added to the storm's snowfall total.

In Riverton, snow amounts ranged from 6.8 to 10.5 inches.

Other totals in Fremont County included 8 inches at Jeffrey City, 7 inches each at Hudson and Kinnear and 6 inches at Dubois.

The storm gave a boost to Lander's snowfall total to 33.8 inches since Dec. 1, which is 12.8 inches above average. However, the town's total since July 1 is still 2.4 inches below the normal 45.3 inches.

Precipitation figures are also up due to the storm. As of Sunday, .89 inch of precipitation was reported for February in Lander, which is .63 above normal. Riverton's total precipitation for 2013 now stands at .55 inch, .21 above the 40-year average.

While snow stopped flying Sunday, weather officials said a second system moving southward over Canada Sunday night brought cold air into the area.

"With a fresh blanket of snow over the area, very frigid temperatures are possible to start the workweek," the report stated.

Impact

With roadways covered with high amounts of snowfall, several minor crashes were reported, and some residents had to call authorities to help get their vehicle unstuck.

Lander police chief Jim Carey reported at least 13 calls his agency handled during the storm involved crashes or motorists who needed assistance in getting their vehicle freed from snow banks.

Police also responded to at least two calls concerning people on snowmobiles in city parks and a call about children playing on the snow pile in the center of Main Street near Safeway.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office received seven calls last weekend concerning crashes.

More snow expected

The next chance of significant snowfall will come Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of snow Wednesday night. The possibility continues through Thursday evening. Temperatures are expected to dip to 13 degrees Wednesday night before falling to a bitter 8 degrees Thursday evening. Daytime highs are supposed to be 35 degrees Wednesday, 27 degrees on Thursday and 30 degrees on Friday.

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