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Fire danger, storms ahead: Cheyenne faces weather shift

Cheyenne Depot Plaza Feb. 3. (Stew Dyer / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The capital city could see a dramatic shift in weather today, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne. The forecast anticipates critical fire weather conditions, strong winds, potential thunderstorms and mountain snow through Tuesday.

Starting today at noon, the southern Nebraska Panhandle is under a red flag warning until 7 p.m. due to gusty winds and low humidity, raising significant fire danger concerns. The NWS in Cheyenne expects gusty southerlies to continue, which could exacerbate the fire risks throughout the day.

A potent storm system from the west promises diverse hazards. Much of the day will be deceptively quiet, with escalating conditions by late afternoon. This system will usher in high winds and the possibility of thunderstorms, which might grow severe in northern parts of the Nebraska Panhandle.

By Wednesday, a strong cold front from central Canada will sweep through, drastically dropping temperatures and potentially bringing valley snows through Friday. The NWS in Cheyenne advises that this cold snap could introduce accumulating snow, particularly in higher elevations, and might impact travel due to anticipated slushy conditions.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: There’s a 40% chance of showers after 3 p.m. Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 69. It will be breezy, with a west-northwest wind at 5–10 mph increasing to 15–25 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 mph.
  • Tonight: Showers are likely, mainly after 3 a.m. The skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Conditions will be windy, with a northwest wind at 30–35 mph and gusts as high as 50 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%, with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday: Showers are expected mainly before noon. The high will be near 57. It will be windy, with a northwest wind at 35–40 mph decreasing to 30–35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
  • Tuesday Night: Expect partly cloudy skies, with a low around 35. It will be breezy, with a west-northwest wind at 20–25 mph decreasing to 10–15 mph after midnight. Wind gusts could reach as high as 35 mph.
  • Wednesday: There’s a 50% chance of showers after noon. The day will be partly sunny, with a high near 59. Conditions will be breezy, with a west wind at 10–15 mph increasing to 15–20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Expect rain showers before 9 p.m., then rain and snow showers between 9 and 10 p.m., followed by snow showers after 10 p.m. The low will be around 26. Conditions will be blustery, with an 80% chance of precipitation.
  • Thursday: There’s a 50% chance of snow showers. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.
  • Thursday Night: Snow showers are possible. Expect mostly cloudy skies, with a low around 26.
  • Friday: Snow showers are likely, mainly after noon. The day will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.
  • Friday Night: Snow showers are likely. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
  • Saturday: There’s a chance of snow showers. The day will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.
  • Saturday Night: There’s a slight chance of snow showers. Expect mostly cloudy skies, with a low around 27.
  • Sunday: There’s a slight chance of showers. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 54.

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