SHERIDAN — A hefty snow storm left the Sheridan area covered in fresh powder Wednesday, delaying the start to some schools and forcing officials to cancel after-school activities.
The National Weather Service out of Billings, Montana, said about 5.2 inches of snow fell in the Sheridan area, though amounts varied across reporting locations. Burgess Junction in the Bighorn Mountains received about 9 inches of new snow.
The weather also caused the closure of Interstate 90 between Sheridan and Buffalo for much of Wednesday, while other roads carried a “no unnecessary travel” advisory. Those driving around town likely noticed several fender benders due to the slick roads.
Wyoming Department of Transportation officials reported that eight to 10 semi-trucks slid off the Interstate 90 near Piney Creek. Laura Dalles, public involvement specialist for WYDOT, noted that the winds in the area caused bad drifts, which prevented the trucks from gaining enough traction to travel safely.
In addition, she said, about five other slide-offs were reported in the Sheridan area.
Sheriff Allen Thompson said his office only had one report of an accident Wednesday. Sheridan Police Department reports indicated calls for 10 accidents Wednesday.
Forecasters have predicted an additional chance for snow Friday, Sunday and early next week, though no major accumulations were expected as of Thursday morning. High temperatures will hover in the 30s over the next few days. And while the Sheridan WYO Winter Rodeo is still about a week out, right now temperatures for those weekend activities are forecast to be in the low 40s with sunshine.