Winter made an early foray into Wyoming.
Snow fell in parts of northern and central Wyoming on Thursday, and not just in the mountains.
Several inches of snow fell in Gillette, Sheridan and Buffalo. Riverton and Casper also received snow.
Snow fell in Casper for the first time last year on Sept. 27. The earliest September snow in central Wyoming occurred on Sept. 8, 1962, as 0.2 inches fell that day. According to the National Weather Service, the Casper area has received snow in 35 percent of the Septembers since 1939.
Hundreds of Rocky Mountain Power customers in Buffalo were without power as a result of the storm.
“This time of year, the leaves are still on trees,” said Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Salt Lake City-based Rocky Mountain Power. “The leaves just hold the snow and weigh down the trees and pull the tree branches into power lines.”
Additional line and tree crews were sent to Buffalo to work on the outages.
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One area of Buffalo lost power three times Thursday, affecting the same 576 customer, Oler said.
Rep. Mike Madden, R-Buffalo, lost power at 8 a.m. and didn’t have it restored until 4:30 p.m., he said. He lives about a mile out of town.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for parts of northern Wyoming. Up to 10 inches of snow was possible in mountain areas.
There were no travel problems caused by the snow.
Freeze warnings are posted for a large portion of the state Thursday night, with temperatures dipping down into the 20s in Casper, Sheridan, Cody and other areas.
The snow was expected to be gone by Friday, with temperatures rising to near 60. Over the weekend, highs are expected to be near 70 degrees in central Wyoming.
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