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Snow, cold temperatures expected into 2018

December 22, 2017 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF — When winter officially arrived on Dec. 21, it brought snow and freezing temperatures to the area — and they’re expected to stay until early next year.

Don Day, meteorologist with Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Dayweather, said there should be sporadic snow and flurries for the next several days.

“The weather story over the next week to 10 days is there will be more shots of snow,” Day said. “None of these storms are big, but could drop and inch or two.”

Meteorologist Rob Cox with the National Weather Service Cheyenne office said the weather should be clearing out late Thursday with Friday highs only in the 30s. Cox said a cold front moved through the Panhandle Wednesday with its energy coming from a weather disturbance in Colorado at about the same time.

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“It looks like the Panhandle will see some more snow late Friday night into Saturday,” Cox said. “We’re looking at maybe two to four inches. Most of it will be on Saturday and taper off late in the day. By Saturday and Sunday, the temperatures will probably get down to zero.”

Snow might start again by early Saturday with even colder air, so expect temperatures in the single digits or even subzero by Sunday morning. Another small storm could bring more snow by late Sunday into Christmas Day, then again by Wednesday and into Thursday.

“This front is a combination of arctic air with moisture from the Pacific northwest behind it,” Day said. “The Panhandle is kind of on the edge of the arctic air where these small systems can come through. We might have a couple of days that get into the 30s, but once snow is down in the valley at this time of year, it stays and makes the nights colder.”