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Pattern Shift to Continue

October 19th, 2020
The Opening to Weather Segments
The Opening to Weather Segments(KGWN)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:04 PM CDT
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Over the weekend temperatures dropped as a weak storm system allowed a good portion of the state to see some form of winter precipitation. Now as the new week starts a lot of us will be rebounding from the temperature drop, mainly in the southern half of the state. Central Wyoming will also be bouncing back, but not quite as much. The northern part of the state is continuing to see below average temperatures, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Sheridan county until tonight. A High Wind Warning is in effect for parts of Southeast Wyoming until noon tomorrow. While temperatures are bouncing back to start the week, by the end of the week we will be seeing high temperatures similar to what was seen when that freak system came through in early September. The difference is it doesn’t look like there is a rebound in store heading into next week.

For today and tomorrow temperatures are bouncing back from this weekend. For the northern half of the state this isn’t the case, however. There will be plenty of cloud cover to go around the state this week as well. Today and tomorrow also have limited chances of precipitation except for around the Big Horn Mountain Range and Sheridan county. On Wednesday temperatures will likely reach their highest point for the week as a warm front passes through the state. No precipitation is expected with this warm front. Overnight into Thursday however a cold front will push through Wyoming from the north. There will be a range of highs on Thursday, with the northern part of the state likely topping off in the 30s early and dropping throughout the day, while the southern half may see temperatures reach the upper 40s before plummeting into the teens that night. Snow is expected across the majority of the state on Thursday. The cold front will also bring windy conditions out of the north to a large portion of Wyoming as well.

Looking ahead into next week, the temperature trend looks to remain well below average for this time of year. A second system over the weekend could be bringing even more snow to Wyoming, and highs next Monday look to be in the low to mid 20s. The precipitation trend for next week looks to be well above average, which is very good news for us in the Cowboy State. First off, these snow chances could put out the Mullen Fire, especially if there happens to be a big storm next week. But even if that is not the case, it will most certainly help with the drought conditions that have plagued us over the later months of the summer.

The Climate Prediction Center's latest 6-10 day temperature outlook shows that Wyoming will...
The Climate Prediction Center's latest 6-10 day temperature outlook shows that Wyoming will likely experience below average temperatures next week.(KGWN)
The CPC's latest 6-10 day precipitation outlook shows that Wyoming is expecting above average...
The CPC's latest 6-10 day precipitation outlook shows that Wyoming is expecting above average amounts of precipitation next week, which could help with drought conditions and putting out the Mullen Fire.(KGWN)

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