By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – The first spring blizzard of 2009 started as rain around Casper in the early morning hours. By 8:00 this morning, heavy snow was falling in Natrona County - and by 3:00 this afternoon there was about a foot on the ground - the most in the state to fall at lower elevations. As much as 24 inches have come down on Casper Mountain, while the Big Horn Basin and Buffalo have seen the strongest winds - with gusts of 55 miles per hour.
Todd Baker of the National Weather Service in Riverton says a blizzard warning is in effect for all of eastern Wyoming until midnight tonight - but it looks like the worst of the storm has passed. "It's starting to die down but we're pretty much expecting it to persist probably more moderate to maybe some heavier bands coming through, but not nearly as frequent as they were earlier this morning around Johnson and Natrona Counties," he says.
Baker calls this a typical, slow-moving spring storm, and he says eastern Wyoming will probably see more of them this season.