First Winter Storm Creates Havoc In Buffalo Area

First Winter Storm Creates Havoc In Buffalo Area

The first big snow storm to hit the area late last week had wide-spread and varying effects in Buffalo and Johnson County.

The snow that began late Thursday night, by Friday morning had created enough problems with area roads that schools in Buffalo went to a two-hour delay before finally being canceled a short time later.

Events that were to have taken place Friday and Friday evening were quickly canceled as more snow piled up, making roads slick and resulting in closures of the Interstate and two-lane highways in and out of Buffalo. Johnson County Road and Bridge advised no unnecessary travel on all county roads throughout the day.

High school activities including games and homecoming activities were either canceled outright or postponed.

Scattered power outages affected many in the county. Buffalo customers lost power for most of Friday afternoon and early evening. Power was restored to most in Buffalo area around 6pm Friday, although some were without power until early Saturday.

According to updates from Rocky Mountain Power, nearly 8,000 customers in NE Wyoming lost power, most in the Casper area but pockets all over the state were without power at some point.
Thousands of downed trees and limbs snapping power lines were to blame for most of the problems.

Snowfall amounts in Johnson County ranged from 31 inches at Little Goose Snotel to 26 inches at Cloud Peak Reservoir Snotel to 6 inches in Buffalo and 4 in Kaycee, according to information provided by Johnson County Emergency Management.

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