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Normal Temperatures Returning this Weekend

September 11th, 2020
A weak cutoff low pressure system left over from the stronger system earlier this week is bringing widespread stratiform rain to the eastern half of Wyoming Friday afternoon.
A weak cutoff low pressure system left over from the stronger system earlier this week is bringing widespread stratiform rain to the eastern half of Wyoming Friday afternoon.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:06 PM CDT
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It has been a wild week in terms of the weather. Temperatures soared into the upper 80s in southeast Wyoming Monday afternoon before dropping below freezing by Tuesday morning. It was also raining ash in Cheyenne Monday night thanks to the Cameron Peak fire just to the south in Colorado. It snowed on Tuesday, and Wyoming temperatures have been trying to climb back out of the hole since. It is now Friday, and things are a lot warmer; warm enough to where the eastern half of the state is seeing widespread stratiform rain. The clouds have been hanging around Wyoming since the winter weather came through on Tuesday, and only the far northern parts of the state have seen decent amounts of sunshine since then. That will all change this weekend.

For the rest of Friday afternoon cloudy skies and a consistent light rain should be anticipated. Severe weather is not expected with this weak system, primarily because temperatures are just too cold to fuel powerful storms. The more widespread today’s rain is the better; simply to help with drought conditions or to bring extra moisture before a dry and warmer weekend that will raise the fire weather threat. This evening however the rain should move out in time for high school football games around the state. A few clouds may linger into the overnight hours, however by Saturday morning sunshine will be the only thing across the Wyoming sky. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s and low 80s around Wyoming before the 80s take over the whole state by Monday, still under sunny skies. This weekend is a go for almost any outdoor activity so long as it doesn’t involve burning or fireworks.

Rain will be hard to come by after today, and with temperatures returning to seasonable averages with some breezy conditions here and there around the state, the fire weather threat will escalate over the weekend and especially into the early parts of next week. 6-10 day temperature forecasts for Wyoming show slightly above average temperatures for this time of year next week while also calling for below average rainfall. This will likely lead to drought conditions across the state worsening again over the next week. We will know for sure when the next drought monitor is released on Thursday.

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