May Snowstorm Dumps A Foot Of Snow In Midwest; See Freak Winter Storm Hit Wyoming and Colorado [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 1, 2013 5:01 PM EDT

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May snowstorm in the Midwest dumps as much as a foot of snow in Cheyenne. (Photo: YouTube)

A bizarre May snowstorm has struck parts of Wyoming and Colorado, dumping as much as a foot of snow for the fourth time in four weeks!

According to CSMonitor, Cheyenne experienced 10 inches of snow by sunrise Wednesday, with another 2 to 4 inches of snow predicted. In fact, up to 14 inches of snow have been measured in regions just west of Cheyenne.

Beyond Cheyenne, areas Big Piney, Lander, and Riverton have received an unwelcomed 12, 11, and 6 inches of snow, respectively.

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A quickly deteriorating situation, the wet and heavy snow is causing extra strain to branches and cable wires, causing scattered power outages throughout the area.

"Spring snow is heavier so the weight of that snow on the lines ... it affects the operation of the line," said Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power spokesperson Sharon Fain.

Nearly 50 miles of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne have also been closed Wednesday morning as plows struggle to clear the roads. Grade schools in towns near Cheyenne as well as Laramie have been closed for the day. What's more, government office hours have been delayed as well.

Thankfully, the National Weather Service expects the snow to end by Wednesday evening. However, near-record cold temperatures will continue through the night.

The past couple of months have been difficult for the Midwest as an extended drought severely compromised harvest in 2012. Precipitation, whether rain or snow, will provide necessary relief for the region.

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