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Cheyenne faces elevated fire risks amid warm spell

Ice fisherman snags a fish in Lions Park Feb. 4. (Stew Dyer / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Southeast Wyoming is experiencing a notable warmup with well-above-average temperatures and dry conditions expected to continue from Wednesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne.

The area is bracing for elevated to near-critical fire weather concerns due to the warm temperatures, dry conditions and gusty winds, especially across portions of southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

The NWS in Cheyenne is also monitoring the potential for another storm system which could impact the Rocky Mountain region over the weekend, potentially bringing cooler temperatures.

In the short term, as upper-level ridging takes hold, Cheyenne and surrounding areas will see drier air and warmer temperatures through Wednesday night. Forecast highs are expected to climb to the upper 50s to upper 60s, with an isolated chance of temperatures exceeding 70 degrees in some parts of the High Plains.

Wind conditions will start strong but are forecast to weaken by Wednesday, shifting from north/northwesterly to westerly.

Looking toward the weekend, a shift in the weather pattern is anticipated. A broad longwave trough moving into the western United States could lead to moderate to heavy precipitation across southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

However, forecast confidence remains low due to variability in the timing and strength of this system, with temperatures likely to drop back to near or slightly below average by the weekend.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: The day will be sunny with a high near 54. Expect breezy conditions with a north-northwest wind at 15–20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.
  • Tonight: The evening will be mostly clear, with a low around 34. It will remain breezy, with a northwest wind at 15–20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.
  • Wednesday: Sunny skies are expected, with a high near 63. Winds will come from the north-northwest at around 15 mph, with gusts of up to 25 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Conditions will be mostly clear, with a low around 35. A north-northwest wind at 5–10 mph will shift to the west-southwest after midnight.
  • Thursday: Expect sunny weather, with a high near 66. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 5–15 mph, shifting to the south-southeast in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night: The night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
  • Friday: The day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 67 and breezy conditions.
  • Friday Night: There’s a slight chance of showers after midnight. The sky will be partly cloudy, with a low around 36 and breezy conditions.
  • Saturday: Rain showers are likely before 7 a.m., followed by a mix of rain and snow showers between 7 and 10 a.m., then snow showers after 10 a.m. It will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 49.
  • Saturday Night: Snow showers are possible under mostly cloudy skies, with a low around 29. It will be windy.
  • Sunday: Snow showers may occur, with partly sunny skies and a high near 46. Expect windy conditions.
  • Sunday Night: There’s a slight chance of snow showers. The evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 28 and blustery conditions.
  • Monday: The day will be partly sunny, with a high near 50.