Fire Threat and Rain Chances Climb this Weekend

September 18th, 2020
The NWS has issued fire weather warnings and watches ahead of widespread strong breezes in Wyoming on Saturday.
The NWS has issued fire weather warnings and watches ahead of widespread strong breezes in Wyoming on Saturday.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 12:03 PM CDT
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The haze saga continues for us in Wyoming as the work week winds to a close. The haze will carry into the weekend, however it is not expected to hang into the start of next week. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that moisture is coming into Wyoming from the southwest this evening, and that will bring the state, especially the western half, some rain chances over the weekend. Saturday looks to be a cloudy day all around, and that in itself will cut into the smoke content thanks to the moisture. For this weekend the rain chances mainly look to be on Saturday; Sunday looks to be another sunny day with temperatures in the upper 70s/lower 80s. But with the system that is bringing us the clouds also comes the Wyoming breezes.

Strong breezes are expected across much of Wyoming on Saturday. That is going to be setting off a new fire threat. The National Weather Service (NWS) has already issued Fire Weather Watches for most of Eastern Wyoming until Saturday night at 8PM. There are also a couple of Fire Weather Warnings in effect until 7PM tonight in Central Wyoming including the cities of Rawlins, Casper, and Buffalo. The rain chances tomorrow are a lot higher in the western half of the state than the east, and the winds are expected to be stronger in the East. That’s not to say that cities like Cheyenne or Casper won’t see rain, but the chances are not very high. Meanwhile the extremely dry conditions and strong breezes will be keeping that fire threat high. If a fire were to start in Central Wyoming, the rain may be too light to put anything out. Outdoor burning should be avoided.

Sunday should be a relatively pleasant day, with sunshine expected and a greatly reduced amount of smoke in the sky. The coming week will be similar to the one we are in now; above average temperatures with low rain chances. The best chance for rain after this weekend looks to be Tuesday; the autumnal equinox. Hazy conditions could make a return next week as well.

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