Canada to the rescue? Monday’s eclipse forecast is looking up in the Cowboy State thanks to a low-pressure system moving in from Alberta, according to the National Weather Service.
While forecasts last week predicted up to 50 percent cloud cover during the eclipse totality in Wyoming, NWS meteorologist Dave Lipson said that the Alberta clipper weather system may clear out the cloudy weather moving in from the south.
“The moisture is not moving as fast as the system that’s going to dry it out,” said Lipson, who is based in the Riverton NWS office.
By Sunday afternoon, Lipson said, the weather service will have a better sense of what to expect Monday. But according to current models, it appears likely that the Alberta clipper will push clouds out of Wyoming and be followed by clear skies in time for the eclipse, or that clouds won’t come into the Cowboy State until after the eclipse is over.
If clouds do move in before the eclipse on Monday morning, the western part of the state will clear first, Lipson said.
“Jackson has the best chance of clearing out first,” he said. “As you go farther east it’ll just take that much longer to totally clear out.”