A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for southeast Wyoming beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 21 and lasting until 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 22. The National Weather Service warns of heavy snow in the area along Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Arlington.

The warning states that six to ten inches of snow could accumulate in the lower elevations, and the southern Laramie Range could get between ten and fourteen inches of snow. The heaviest snow fall will likely occur in the mid-morning on Saturday and continue into Sunday morning.

Weather forecasts say snow could begin Thursday afternoon with about an inch of accumulation.

The Winter Storm Warning is as follows:

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SATURDAY TO 11 AM MST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHEYENNE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SATURDAY TO 11 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING... HEAVIEST SNOW LOOKS TO OCCUR MID MORNING SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED INITIALLY AT ARLINGTON... SPREADING EAST TO CHEYENNE BY LATE MORNING.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 10 INCHES FOR LOWER ELEVATIONS AND VALLEYS AND 10 TO 14 INCHES FOR THE SOUTHERN LARAMIE RANGE.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY... NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTY SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING... ESPECIALLY NEAR ARLINGTON. THESE WINDS WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS... MOSTLY TO TRAVEL DUE TO FALLING... BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS... ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATE 80 FROM ARLINGTON TO CHEYENNE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.