Casper Under High Wind Warning Until Noon Wednesday
Very strong, possibly damaging winds are present across parts of northern and central Wyoming on Wednesday morning, including Casper and much of Natrona County.
A 76-mph gust was measured along Outer Drive on Casper's south side at 4:55 a.m., according to a high wind warning posted by the National Weather Service in Riverton. That warning remains in effect until 12 p.m. Wednesday.
The Casper Airport measured a wind gust of 58 mph at 1:17 a.m.
More commonly, the NWS warns of 30- to 45-mph southwest winds with gusts around 60 mph. However, Casper's south side will see southwest wind around 50 mph with gusts to 75 mph.
Drivers of light, high-profile vehicles are advised to delay travel, the NWS says. As of 5 a.m., Wyoming 258 on the south side of Casper was closed to light, high-profile vehicles.
The wind will mostly impact transportation, but the NWS says power outages could occur, and a few trees could be toppled by the strong wind.
Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.