Tropical moisture fueled storm hits

CASPER — Wyoming was pummeled with one of the biggest snowstorms in the state’s history this weekend. The storm dropped more than two feet of snow in many parts of the state, leading to power outages, stalled travel and shuttered schools.

What caused this weekend’s massive storm?

Local meteorologists said a low pressure system brought a significant amount of tropical moisture up into the high plains. That high level of moisture, pulled in from the southwest, meant the snow had a lot of water content.

High wind gusts mixed with heavy moisture led to sustained blizzard conditions, especially in...


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