Wind Fills the Week Ahead
October 12th 2020
Crazy winds moved into Wyoming on Sunday, and they will be here again multiple times throughout this week. This of course is bad news regarding the Mullen Fire, as these winds will make battling it a challenge as it spreads eastward. A saving grace is the fact that the Medicine Bow National Forest and Snowy Range saw snow fall over the region on Sunday, which helped to slow the fire activity by limiting the fuel as well as dropping the temperature. Conditions are now beginning to warm back up, however fire activity should remain a bit lower to start the week. As things continue to dry it will worsen again, however we could have a bit of midweek precipitation that could help limit fire activity even more.
Winds this week will predominantly be out of the west. A High Wind Warning is in effect for parts of Southeast Wyoming until 6:00 PM MDT tonight along with a Red Flag Warning. Air quality alerts are limited to just around the Mullen Fire after the cold front passed through, helping to clear the air of smoke. Locations such as Cheyenne and even more so Laramie could see smoky skies return this week as fire activity picks back up with the strong winds in the region. Rawlins will likely see winds this week of 30+ mph sustained and gusts in excess of 50 mph through Wednesday, so the winds over the Mullen Fire will likely be similar. That will blow smoke eastward into Laramie, Cheyenne, and even the Nebraska Panhandle as the week goes on. On Thursday the winds will shift to a more northerly flow as another cold front moves through the state.
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