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Strong Cold Front to Bring Severe Weather Thursday Afternoon

The SPC has issued multiple risks for severe weather in Wyoming, including an Enhanced Risk for Crook County as a powerful cold front marches through the state late Thursday.
The SPC has issued multiple risks for severe weather in Wyoming, including an Enhanced Risk for Crook County as a powerful cold front marches through the state late Thursday.(KGWN)
Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 11:59 AM CDT
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The final day of the heat wave has arrived. Cooler conditions will move into Wyoming beginning Friday, and look to stick with the Cowboy State as we start September next week. A strong cold front will drop high temperatures around the state by 10 to 15 degrees for Friday, but that same cold front is bringing an opportunity for severe weather. And the risks are a bit higher than they have been as of late. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Slight (Level 2) risk for Northeast Wyoming, including Gillette, Sheridan, and Newcastle. A small portion of Northeast Wyoming falls under the Enhanced (Level 3) risk zone that mainly encompasses South Dakota. This is just the northeast corner of Crook County. Chadron in the Nebraska Panhandle is also near the enhanced risk zone. Meanwhile locations like Cheyenne, Casper, and Laramie are under the Marginal (Level 1) risk.

Risks for this afternoon will primarily be strong wind gusts and some hail. The tornado threat is a little higher in Northeast Wyoming, and likely highest in Crook County and into South Dakota where the enhanced risk is. Breezy conditions out of the southwest are also expected to make their way into Central Wyoming late this afternoon and into the evening, affecting places such as Rawlins and Casper. These breezy winds will shift to the north during the overnight hours as the cold front comes through, calming down in Central Wyoming but picking up in the southeastern part of the state and the Nebraska Panhandle as Friday morning comes on. High temperatures for Friday look to be in the upper 70s and lower 80s across the state. Storms will be possible on Friday as well, however the potential for severe is very low.

Over the weekend temperatures will attempt to rebound, climbing back up into the mid and upper 80s for many across Wyoming. However a second cold front on Sunday will slam the door on that, and temperatures will hang in the mid to upper 70s throughout next week as school kicks off in Wyoming as well as the month of September.

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