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Summer heat finds its way to Cheyenne as severe storms eye Panhandle

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Residents of southeast Wyoming should brace for varying weather conditions this week. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne has issued several key messages.

Patchy fog is expected this morning, potentially reducing visibility to less than half a mile in some areas. This fog should dissipate quickly after sunrise, clearing the way for a warm and dry day.

A significant heat wave is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, with daytime highs ranging from 85 to 95 degrees. In some areas, temperatures could approach 100 degrees, particularly in the Platte River Valley. These high temperatures increase heat-related concerns, so residents should take necessary precautions to stay cool and hydrated.

Friday brings a return of thunderstorm activity, with a risk of severe weather. A strong shortwave trough will enter the central Rockies, increasing moisture and lift and creating conditions for storms. The Nebraska Panhandle in particular could see severe thunderstorms with large hail, strong winds and even a possibility of tornadoes. Flash flooding may also occur due to high precipitation levels.

The weekend looks to be warmer and drier, with temperatures in the 80s and breezy conditions. Early next week, a potential cool front could bring high temperatures down into the 70s.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: Patchy fog is expected before 9 a.m. Otherwise, the weather will be sunny with a high near 81. A west-northwest wind at 5–15 mph will shift to the south-southeast in the afternoon.
  • Tonight: The sky will be mostly clear, with a low around 55. A south-southwest wind at 10–15 mph will shift to the west after midnight.
  • Wednesday: The weather will be sunny, with a high near 89. There will be a west-northwest wind at 10–15 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: The sky will be partly cloudy, with a low around 58. A west wind will blow at 5–10 mph.
  • Thursday: There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. The weather will be sunny, with a high near 85. A northwest wind at 5–10 mph will shift to the east-southeast in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night: There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. The sky will be partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
  • Friday: There is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. The weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 81.
  • Friday Night: There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. The sky will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
  • Saturday: There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. The weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
  • Saturday Night: The sky will be partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
  • Sunday: The weather will be sunny, with a high near 84.
  • Sunday Night: There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. The sky will be partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
  • Monday: The weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

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