Rain Showers Possible Across Wyoming Before Week’s End

September 10th, 2020
The dry conditions around Wyoming have caused the state's widespread drought conditions to...
The dry conditions around Wyoming have caused the state's widespread drought conditions to worsen again. (Note: Data collection ends Tuesdays at 8 AM ET, therefore any precipitation from the winter storm after that will be counted in next week's drought monitor.)(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 12:04 PM CDT
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The cold spell is coming to an end in Wyoming a warmer temperatures seek to return by the weekend. Rain chances are also up just a bit over the next two days thanks to a cut-off low pressure system that broke off the main energy in the jet stream. It is a weak system and will spawn some scattered showers, however severe weather is not anticipated as conditions outside are far too cold to provide fuel for strong storms. For some, these showers may turn into snow showers during the overnight hours tonight into Friday. This is most likely in places such as Cheyenne and Laramie where low temperatures are forecast to be right around freezing. Accumulations are not expected.

For Thursday, the rain showers will move from the southeast towards the northwest as the low tracks northeastward. The effects of the low will be felt again on Friday, however the showers will be moving north to south as it will be the back side of the low moving through the eastern half of Wyoming before it exits late Friday evening. Clear skies will return Friday night and sunshine will then stick with the Cowboy State through the weekend and much of next week thanks to an upper level ridging pattern that will build in, bringing high pressure to Wyoming.

The newest drought monitor was also released this morning, and not surprisingly conditions have worsened. The central part of Wyoming is the experiencing the worst drought, with most cities under the level 4 “Extreme” conditions. Most locations in Wyoming outside of that are in the level 3 “Severe” drought. Combine this with the fact that clear skies and sunshine will be hanging with Wyoming all weekend and into next week with rising temperatures, and you get an elevated fire weather threat. This most certainly will not help with the efforts in containing the Cameron Peak fire down in Colorado, which has slowed temporarily thanks to the early week snowstorm. Colorado too will be rebounding from the cold snap this weekend with warmer temperatures and sunny skies.

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