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Winter storm chills Platte County

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

Photos/ (1) Lizette Campos, (2) Karry Coburn Photo 1: Snow falls over Wheatland during Friday’s blizzard. The snowy weather was part of Winter Storm Atlas, which swept through Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and as far away as Iowa. Photo 2: Downed tree branches were not an uncommon sight during last week’s heavy snowfall. Wheatland law enforcement told the National Weather Service approximately five inches of snow fell in some areas of the town.

WHEATLAND - It's fairly common for the leaves to fall when October comes around.

When entire branches come off the trees due to the weight of sudden snow, though, something is very wrong.

Winter Storm Atlas roared through Platte County last Friday, dumping snow on significant portions of Wyoming and South Dakota. According to the most recent storm report from Cheyenne's National Weather Service (NWS) office, Wheatland law enforcement reported up to five inches of snow in town, felling numerous tree branches and knocking out power for hours.

A trained spotter reported 6.5 inches of heavy snow eight miles southwest of Wheatland. Moving to 33 miles west-northwest of Wheatland, a trained spotter reported power outages and six inches of fallen snow by the time it stopped.

A co-op observer in the Chugwater area stated there was 3.8 inches of snow on the ground by 7:30 a.m. In Glendo, by 3:30 p.m., visibility was cut down to about two blocks according to law enforcement in the area and 2.5 inches of snow sat on the ground.

For the complete article see the 10-09-2013 issue.

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