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CHEYENNE —  A wildfire in northern Albany County has grown further in size, drawing additional firefighting personnel, although it continues to be about one-fifth contained. The Sugarloaf Fire near Laramie Peak has expanded to close to 700 acres in size, a few hundred acres larger than it was in...
BUFFALO — As the sun ducked under the Bighorn Mountains and a golden glow took over the Friday evening sky in early July, hay broker Jason Watts was still in his tractor, making another pass on his hay field during the first cutting of the season. While Watts drove, freshly cut hay dropped out of...
Flooding causes evacuations, highway closures near Lingle   CASPER (WNE) —Residents of Lingle were told to evacuate to higher ground on Friday morning, as water from a canal breach west of town reached into town.  Anyone in town south of the railroad tracks and Lucerne Ditch were at risk from the...

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In some cases the snow drifts after Saturday’s blizzard were more than two feet high. Range Communications on South Sumner Avenue had snow practically up to the windows at the front of the business.

 
All roads in and out of Weston County were closed due to heavy snowfall and high winds as a spring storm rolled through the area on Saturday and Sunday, according to the county’s emergency management coordinator, Gilbert Nelson.  The National Weather Service reported that the storm dumped 9 inches...

Photo by Alexis Barker/NLJ

Water is already nonexistent in the small pond located on Kenwood Drive outside of Newcastle. In previous years this area had significantly higher water levels and/or ice cover at this time of the year. 

 
The drought in Weston County, Northeast Wyoming and the entire state is expected to continue as precipitation is anticipated to be below average, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.  “The drought is seeming to persist or worsen across Weston County as we move into spring. We’re approaching a...
Snowpack measured 79% of the state’s average median at the beginning of March, while much of the state recorded warmer-than-usual winter temperatures despite a few record one-day lows. Forecasts for continued warmer temps point toward a possible early runoff season, according to National Oceanic...
Wind gusts up to 118 mph causes multiple closures   By Joshua Wolfson Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange    CASPER — High winds and icy conditions kept several Wyoming highways closed Sunday, including large portions of Interstate 25 and Interstate 80. The closures followed a cold front...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   For the past month, the National Weather Service has been releasing air quality alerts due to wildfire smoke blanketing the area.  As wildfires continue to burn across the West,  the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality assesses the amount of smoke and smoke...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   To kick off August, the National Weather Service launched its new notification system for severe storms. The system now includes three different categories: base, considerable or destructive. The service hopes the new system will give people information about storm...

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The storm that rolled into Newcastle on Friday caused damage across the town. Above, it  can be seen in the distance shortly before dropping almost a half an inch of rain, golf ball-sized hail and 63 mph winds.

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County received several bumps and bruises on Friday, July 9, during a storm that produced large hail, high winds and lots of rain.  According to Gilbert Nelson, Weston County’s emergency management coordinator, there were widespread reports of large hail and...

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