SHERIDAN — Residents across Sheridan County awoke to a cruel reminder this morning that they’re not in the clear quite yet as far as snowfall is concerned.
Sheridan accumulated between 7 and 9 inches of snow overnight while areas closer to the mountain registered up to 10 fresh inches.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation issued several no unnecessary travel advisories for Interstate 90 early this morning, but Wyoming Highway Patrol Capt. Carl Clements said he expected conditions to improve throughout the day.
He said he was unaware of any weather related traffic accidents as of press time.
Throughout the county, Sheridan County School District No. 1 cancelled classes while Sheridan County School District No. 3 issued a two-hour delayed start.
The Tongue River branch of the Sheridan County Public Library also announced that it would remain closed Monday as a result of the weather.
National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Humphrey said that while temperatures are expected to rise toward the end of the week, last night’s snowfall could make for record-breaking cold tonight.
A set of conditions that includes clear skies, fresh snowfall and just the right amount of wind could prevent heat retention during the overnight hours and cause temperatures to plummet into the single digits.
If that happens, Humphrey said it would set a new record for Sheridan this late in the season.
While the snow has made for difficult travel conditions in and around Sheridan, Humphrey said the area has fared relatively well in terms of total snowfall accumulation over the course of the season.
That bodes well for wildfire suppression this summer.
As for the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to rise into the low 60s by the weekend.
And while it’s still too early to say definitively that winter weather will then be behind us, Humphrey was cautiously optimistic in describing what’s in store.
“This could be the last snowfall of the season,” he said. “It’s hard to say that for sure, but we’re running out of time now.”