Riverton ties record high; Lander sees second warmest spring ever; Cold front to hit later today

(Riverton, Wyo.) – This spring  (March, April and May) was the second warmest period in Lander since records began being kept in 1892. The three month average temperature was 49.4°F. The warmest spring in Lander, in 1992, the average temperature reached 49.9°F.

While Lander had a warm spring, Riverton tied its high mark for June 8 set in 1996 with an 89°F temperature peak.

Typical for this time of year, the weather is about to change, and it will happen this afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service Forecast office in Riverton, another strong cold front will move across Wyoming today, similar to the one last Tuesday. Precipitation will start out as rain across the west, changing over to snow later this afternoon spreading southward into Lincoln county. Elsewhere, the front will generate showers and isolated thunderstorms across portions of the Big Horn Basin into Johnson County. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon across the Wind River Basin and Natrona County.

Breezy conditions will occur across much of the state, with strong winds expected for eastern Sweetwater County. High fire dangers remain for this area, as well as Natrona County.  As winds slacken tonight, temperatures will drop to near freezing across portions of Sweetwater County.