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Cooler Weekend Ahead

July 24th, 2020
Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 11:59 AM CDT
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The past couple of weekends have been hot for many across the Cowboy State, but this weekend looks to break that trend. Several locations may see temperatures above 90 degrees for Saturday, but a cold front moving through late Sunday will cut off the high temperature early, bringing cooler conditions for the afternoon and storm chances for many.

Friday kicked off on a cloudy note, and for most locations those clouds will remain with us the rest of the day with some scattered storm chances in the afternoon and evening hours. Like yesterday, the severe weather threat is minimal for Wyoming, with only Pine Bluffs falling into one of the Storm Predictor Center (SPC) risk zones. Locations such as Scottsbluff in the Nebraska Panhandle are also under a marginal (level 1) risk for severe weather, while locations such as Chadron and Alliance in Nebraska are under a slight (level 2) risk for this afternoon. The cloudy conditions will be limiting the severe weather potential for our Friday afternoon despite the fact that temperature profiles are favorable for severe weather development. The lack of sunlight early in the day means the instability needed for stronger storm development will not be in place for Wyoming. The clouds are likely to break temporarily during the overnight hours tonight into Saturday morning.

Saturday will likely be similar to Friday albeit a bit warmer due to lower rain chances and a likelihood of sunshine during the lunchtime hours. It will not be as warm as the past Saturdays have been in Cheyenne, though it will be very similar for us in Casper with temperatures expected to climb into the mid 90s. Breezy conditions expected for a few of us on Friday will not be present on Saturday either. And while there are storm chances in the afternoon for Saturday, they will likely be less numerous and there is no severe weather threat for Wyoming or the Nebraska Panhandle.

Sunday is when heat relief will come to locations like Casper and below average conditions will be expected for Cheyenne. A cold front that will march through the state throughout the day will cut off high temperatures earlier, topping off Cheyenne in the upper 70s and Casper in the mid to upper 80s. The good news for Cheyenne is this cold front will likely bring numerous storms to southeast Wyoming which should help with drought relief. There could be a severe weather threat to go along with that however. While we will feel the cool-off in Casper, the rain chances are only elevating slightly with the cold front, meaning relief for the severe (level 3) drought conditions in Casper will have to wait until at least Tuesday when rain chances are a little higher for the Oil City. Cheyenne on the other hand will be entering the new week with multiple opportunities for rain, with at least a 30% chance of rain for Sunday through Tuesday, the best chance of which is Sunday afternoon.

If you do have outdoor plans this weekend, it will still be a good idea to bring sunblock, as you can receive a sunburn even under cloudy conditions, especially for Saturday when temperatures will still be relatively hot.

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