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Windy weekend ahead for southeast Wyoming; cold front looms next week

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Southeast Wyoming is set to experience a blend of weather conditions, starting with scattered showers and possible snow today and leading into a windy but sunny weekend. High temperatures are anticipated to soar well above average, offering a pleasant break before a potential storm system midweek next week threatens to bring a significant drop in temperature and a chance for snow.

The weather pattern begins to shift overnight with light rain and snow showers moving east-southeast across far-southeast Wyoming. Minimal impacts are expected from this second wave of precipitation, primarily affecting the mountains and the Laramie Valley. Snowfall totals of 3–5 inches in the mountains and up to an inch in surrounding areas of Carbon and Albany counties are forecast through Thursday morning.

Key Messages:

  • Light snow showers could dust areas along and south of the I-80 corridor through Thursday morning, with little additional accumulation.
  • Winds are forecast to pick up overnight Thursday and into Friday, setting the stage for a long duration of high winds over the weekend.
  • A significant high wind event is expected Saturday and Sunday, particularly in wind-prone areas, with the possibility of extending into Monday.

By Thursday afternoon, drier air will clear the skies and temperatures across southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska will hover near normal. However, winds are expected to increase, particularly in the main wind-prone areas, contributing to near-normal afternoon highs on Friday under dry conditions.

The weekend’s primary focus shifts to a prolonged high-wind event across southeast Wyoming’s wind-prone regions. As an upper-level ridge builds to the south, a split flow regime will funnel winds between two atmospheric flow patterns, tightening height gradients and amplifying winds at all levels. Temperatures will climb significantly above average, with Cheyenne potentially reaching the 60-degree mark and the Panhandle nearing 65–70 degrees on Sunday.

While strong winds will continue into Monday, they are anticipated to be more confined to typical wind-prone areas as the system begins to weaken. The forecast cold front moving in on Tuesday will bring widespread snow showers and much cooler temperatures, marking a stark contrast to the weekend’s warmth.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: There’s a 30% chance of snow this morning, mainly between 8 and 11 a.m. The skies will be cloudy initially, then will gradually become mostly sunny with a high near 44. Expect a northwest wind of 5–15 mph.
  • Tonight: The skies will be mostly clear with a low of around 26. A west-northwest wind will blow at 10–15 mph.
  • Friday: Expect sunny skies with a high near 45. It will be breezy, with a west-northwest wind around 20 mph and gusts as high as 35 mph.
  • Friday Night: The night will be clear with a low of around 27. Breezy conditions will continue, with a west wind around 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.
  • Saturday: Sunny weather continues with a high near 54. It will be windy, with a west wind of 25–30 mph increasing to 35–40 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 55 mph.
  • Saturday Night: The night will be clear with a low of around 33. Conditions will remain windy.
  • Sunday: Another sunny day is expected with a high near 58 and windy conditions.
  • Sunday Night: Expect mostly clear skies with a low of around 35. It will be breezy.
  • Monday: The sunny weather persists with a high near 56, accompanied by windy conditions.
  • Monday Night: There’s a slight chance of rain before 10 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., followed by a chance of snow after 3 a.m. The night will be partly cloudy with a low of around 25 and breezy conditions.
  • Tuesday: Snow is likely, with partly sunny skies and a high near 39. It will be breezy.
  • Tuesday Night: Snow continues to be a possibility. Expect mostly cloudy skies with a low of around 9 and blustery conditions.
  • Wednesday: There’s a slight chance of snow under mostly sunny skies with a high near 35. Conditions will be breezy.

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