Wyoming should expect more snowfall

Dec 27, 2011

Wyoming’s in a dry spell. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the state’s river basins are at 80-percent of their average rainfall. Wyoming Tourism has expressed concern about the lack of snowfall near Jackson during the holiday travel season.

But the state’s luck is about to change, according the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Charles Baker says a strong La Niña climate pattern meant many Wyoming basins received an excess of snow last year.

“With a weaker La Niña pattern his year, we’re not expecting to have the record snows that we had last winter out west, but we still expect to have above normal snowfall in the Western Mountains through the winter.”

Baker says Jackson could receive more than 30 inches of snow by this weekend. Eastern Wyoming can expect heavy snow and rain in late winter and spring.