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Cheyenne sees high winds Wednesday, weather woes into holiday weekend

Holliday Park Jan. 31 2024 (Stew Dyer / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne residents should prepare for strong wind gusts of up to 60 mph near Arlington and Elk Mountain from Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning, as a high wind warning has been issued.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne is also highlighting a strong weather disturbance that could affect southeast Wyoming and the western Nebraska Panhandle from Friday through Sunday, with details still forthcoming.

Early Wednesday saw light snow showers moving southeast, expected to reach Cheyenne with minimal impact. The area experienced chilly temperatures, ranging from 12–27 degrees. As a departing upper-level trough makes way for an upper-level ridge, the region will see warmer temperatures in the 50s for areas east of Interstate 25 and the low 40s to the west.

Late Wednesday evening anticipates high wind events along I-80 near Arlington, prompting the upgrade to a high wind warning with gusts of 60 mph expected.

Despite winds speeds decreasing Thursday morning, elevated winds will persist, particularly west of I-25. Thursday promises warmer temperatures, with highs in the 50s to 60s under partly cloudy skies as cloud cover increases ahead of the next weather system.

The weekend outlook remains uncertain, with a potential for widespread precipitation Sunday that could possibly result in heavy snow in parts of Laramie, southern Platte and Goshen counties into Monday.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 47. It’ll be breezy with a west-northwest wind of 15–20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.
  • Tonight: The skies will turn partly cloudy with a low around 27. Conditions will be blustery, with a southwest wind of 15–20 mph decreasing to 10–15 mph in the evening. Wind gusts might hit 30 mph.
  • Thursday: The day will be partly sunny with a high near 58. A south-southwest wind will blow at 10–15 mph.
  • Thursday Night: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a low around 31. A southwest wind of 5–10 mph will shift to the northwest after midnight.
  • Friday: There’s a chance of rain and snow before 4 p.m., followed by a chance of rain. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 50. A northwest wind of 10–15 mph will shift to the east-northeast in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Friday Night: Rain is expected before 10 p.m., followed by rain and snow, with a low around 28. The chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Saturday: Rain and snow are possible before 1 p.m., followed by a chance of rain. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 51 and a 50% chance of precipitation.
  • Saturday Night: Rain is likely before 2 a.m., after which there might be a chance of rain and snow. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 30.
  • Sunday: Rain and snow are possible before 11 a.m., after which rain is likely, possibly with some thunder. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 50.
  • Sunday Night: The evening will see rain before 8 p.m., then rain and snow between 8 and 11 p.m. followed by snow after 11 p.m. Expect mostly cloudy skies with a low around 27.
  • Monday: Snow is a possibility under mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 38. The day will be breezy.
  • Monday Night: The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 22 and blustery conditions.
  • Tuesday: Sunny skies will return, with a high near 47 and breezy conditions.

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