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Windy start to the week in Cheyenne; fire dangers high

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne-area residents should brace for a windy start to the week with potentially hazardous fire weather conditions due to low humidity, particularly west of the Laramie Range, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne.

Wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph today, exacerbated by an approaching cold front which will also bring cooler temperatures and increased cloud cover. This cloudier outlook may mitigate some fire risks, as relative humidities are not expected to drop below critical thresholds.

The weather will briefly mellow by midweek, with Wednesday and Thursday forecast to bring mild temperatures in the mid-70s in the Panhandle and upper 60s to low 70s in southeast Wyoming.

There’s also a chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms during these days as moisture moves eastward across the region.

However, the reprieve will be short-lived. By Friday, another system moves in, increasing the likelihood of widespread showers and storms, with a significant chance of precipitation through the weekend.

Current projections do not predict snow, but colder air on Sunday could change that scenario, especially if temperatures drop lower than anticipated.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: There’s a 20% chance of showers after noon. Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 68. It will be breezy, with a west-northwest wind at 10–15 mph increasing to 20–25 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 35 mph.
  • Tonight: Skies will be partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Conditions will remain breezy, with a west wind at 15–20 mph shifting to the west-northwest at 10–15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
  • Tuesday: The day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Winds will come from the north at 5–15 mph, shifting to the south-southeast in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night: There’s a 30% chance of showers, mainly before midnight. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Winds will blow from the south at 10–15 mph.
  • Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms are likely after noon, with a 50% chance of precipitation. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 68. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 5–10 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 9 and midnight. The night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 40. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely after noon. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 71. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely before midnight, followed by a chance of showers. It will be cloudy, with a low around 43. Conditions will be breezy.
  • Friday: Showers are likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Conditions will be breezy.
  • Friday Night: Showers are likely. It will be mostly cloudy with a low around 37.
  • Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected. It will be cloudy with a high near 53.
  • Saturday Night: Showers are likely. It will be mostly cloudy with a low around 35.
  • Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. It will be partly sunny with a high near 51. Conditions will be breezy.

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