Wyoming is in for a cool, wet summer season, according to a new long-range Accuweather forecast that calls for below average temperatures and above average precipitation across the Cowboy State.

The model also projects that a string of spring snowstorms in the region will delay the heat. Their "real feel" algorithm suggests that summer weather won't arrive until mid-to-late June.

"Soil moisture is a big deal, it can dictate temperatures and how high they can get," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

That moisture is welcome news for local firefighters, who could see a decreased risk for wildfires early in the season.  Accuweather also predicts more severe thunderstorms around the region, especially in eastern Colorado and the Nebraska panhandle. While those storms will bring heavy rain and hail, there could be fewer tornadoes in the midwest and high plains this summer.

In other parts of the country, the forecast calls for a sweltering summer, with warm, dry conditions in the upper midwest and northwest, and hot, humid conditions in the south and along the east coast.

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