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Wind to Back Off a Bit Tuesday

October 13th, 2020
The lighter yellow color is active High Wind Warnings. The darker yellow are High Wind Watches, which will likely turn into warnings come Wednesday.
The lighter yellow color is active High Wind Warnings. The darker yellow are High Wind Watches, which will likely turn into warnings come Wednesday.(KGWN)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 12:01 PM CDT
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Crazy winds were widespread across Wyoming to start the new week on Monday, and while some locations will still be seeing plenty of wind on Tuesday, it won’t be quite as strong for most locations. High Wind Warnings remain in effect until 6:00 PM MDT Wednesday for Platte and Laramie counties west of I-25, half of Albany county, and most of Carbon county. Most of the state, however, is under a High Wind Watch until noon on Wednesday. This is coming ahead of a cold front that will bring more fall-like conditions to the state along with a chance for rain and snow late Wednesday and into Thursday.

Despite the calmer wind conditions for Tuesday, the SPC has deemed Southeast Wyoming to be at a Level 1 “Elevated” Risk for wildfires. The NWS has also issued a Red Flag Warning for this same region. This is mainly due to the fact that the southeastern part of the state is going to be the warmest Tuesday afternoon. The Mullen Fire has been slowed thanks to colder temperatures in the Snowy Range despite the powerful winds the region is seeing. Part of that may also be due to the fact that the fuel for the fire has been soaked by the most recent cold front, which makes the fuel more difficult for the fire to burn. The next cold front coming through Wednesday into Thursday will keep the fire activity low, even if it doesn’t bring any precipitation to the fire.

The NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning for Southeastern Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and the Nebraska Panhandle until 6:00 PM Tuesday due to increasing temperatures and breezy conditions.
The NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning for Southeastern Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and the Nebraska Panhandle until 6:00 PM Tuesday due to increasing temperatures and breezy conditions.(KGWN)

Temperatures will be dropping into the low 20s overnight Wednesday into Thursday as the cold front passes through. The precipitation with this system does not look to be as widespread as the last one, however it is beginning to look like the end of very warm temperatures around the state. This cold front will bring scattered showers to much of Wyoming: these will be rain during the daylight hours of Wednesday evening shifting into snow overnight as temperatures plummet. Following the passing of this cold front temperatures will attempt to rebound on Friday and Saturday, bouncing back up into the 60s. Another cold front over the weekend will slam the door shut on that, bringing below average temperatures for this time of year to start next week. The colder temperatures sticking around may be the end of the Mullen Fire, as fire activity is not nearly as potent in colder conditions.

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