Green River Star -

By David Martin

Snowstorm hits city


While spring-like weather has been the norm in Green River for the past several weeks, March came to the city like a lion and dumped several inches of snow on the city.

According to reports from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, 4.5 inches of new snow was reported to have fallen in Green River during the past few days. The community, known as CoCoRaHS, is a network of volunteers who measure precipitation through North America. The National Weather Service observatory in Riverton recorded reports of between one and five inches in Rock Springs while only reporting 2.5 inches of snow falling in Green River.

Tuesday, much of Interstate 80 closed, resulting in temporarily halting travelers across the Cowboy State. According to Stephanie Harsha, public involvement specialist for WYDOT District 3 in Rock Springs, the closures were enacted to prevent vehicles from overwhelming truck stops and other stopping off places further along I-80.

In Green River, the snowstorm resulted in long days for a few city employees.

“They were out at four this morning,” Mike Nelson, director of public works, said.

The city owns four snowplows and was utilizing all of them to deal with snowfall. Green River police officers were also busy with a few reports of crashes resulting from the storm.

Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said the day resulted in a few calls for the Green River Fire Department, including a three-vehicle wreck at Mile Marker 62 on I-80 Tuesday night.

However, Kennedy credit’s WYDOT’s closure for preventing more accidents from occurring.

“You don’t have any traffic, you don’t have any wrecks,” he said. “(The closure) helps.”


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