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Fire Weather Threat Escalates More

September 2nd, 2020
The NWS has expanded the Red Flag warnings for today ahead of a dry, hot, and breezy afternoon.
The NWS has expanded the Red Flag warnings for today ahead of a dry, hot, and breezy afternoon.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 12:02 PM CDT
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Things are heating back up across the Cowboy State Wednesday afternoon, with a handful of locations expected to eclipse the 90 degree mark later this afternoon and many others topping off in the upper 80s. It is once again a dry and sunny afternoon where rain chances are negligible and cloud cover is also not expected. Strong breezes are expected across several parts of the state as well, especially in the eastern half. A weak cold front is bringing these winds and will bring a slight drop in temperatures for Thursday.

The strong breezes along with the hot and dry conditions have led the National Weather Service to expand the fire weather warnings across the state for today, and they remain in effect until 8PM tonight. The Storm Prediction Centers (SPC) fire outlook has a large chunk of Central Wyoming in the Critical Risk (Level 2) area for this afternoon. This includes Casper and Buffalo and potentially cities as far south as Laramie. On the northern end of the Critical Risk is Sheridan, which is on the border of the Extreme Risk (Level 3) that includes a large portion of southern Montana, where very strong winds are expected this afternoon. Cheyenne is under a Level 1 Elevated Risk.

The SPC's Fire Outlook for Wednesday afternoon puts parts of Central Wyoming in the Critical Risk zone.
The SPC's Fire Outlook for Wednesday afternoon puts parts of Central Wyoming in the Critical Risk zone.(KGWN)

The fire weather threat should taper off a bit tomorrow as the winds calm down a bit, however the dry conditions and sunshine will last into the weekend before a pattern shift will bring windy and cooler conditions next week, starting on Labor Day. Temperatures are expected to be well below average as the jet stream takes a major dip, bringing Canadian air southward into much of the U.S. Snow is anticipated in the higher elevations, most will see rain chances to start off next week however, hopefully bringing some sort of drought relief.

The jet stream will dip south for the first time this fall, bringing cold arctic air to much of the U.S.
The jet stream will dip south for the first time this fall, bringing cold arctic air to much of the U.S.(KGWN)

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