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Slight Cool-Down Expected this Weekend

January 28th, 2021
The Opening to Weather Segments
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Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 11:45 AM CST
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Things have definitely warmed up around Wyoming as the end of the work week nears, and the warmest day of the week has yet to come as temperatures will climb into the 50s for a handful of locations on Friday. However to accompany those warm conditions more of those clouds are expected around the state. This is thanks to a slight breakdown of the ridging pattern overhead with a shortwave trough pushing in. This will lead to a very weak low pressure system and cold front that could bring some isolated snow showers to the state overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

Snow chances with this do remain low, however Cheyenne most certainly has a chance to see them after the midnight hour Friday night. Casper will also have a chance for a shower or two a little later in the morning, however they will still be most likely to occur before lunchtime. The rest of the day Saturday will be spent with the clouds slowly trying to clear out across the state ahead of a sunny Sunday. Temperatures on Saturday will likely be in the lower 40s in southeast Wyoming with the mid to upper 30s expected for the central region. For Casper, the only adverse weather expected on Saturday will be those showers early in the morning.

The same cannot be said for Cheyenne, however. While the snow chances are only expected during the overnight hours heading into Saturday, strong winds from the west-northwest are expected to pickup in the morning and stick around through the afternoon. Cheyenne has luckily not had to deal with a whole lot of wind lately, and that good news continues with the fact that Saturday is the only windy day expected until the middle of next week. Sustained speeds for Cheyenne will likely be in the 30-40 mph range with parts of the day seeing some faster speeds. Gusts could potentially eclipse 60 mph at the worst points of the day, but it should not be as bad as a few weeks ago when the entire southeastern region of the state was stuck with powerful winds for multiple days in a row.

Heading into the start of February things look to warm back up into the low 50s for multiple locations in Eastern and Central Wyoming again, with the warmth lasting through Groundhog Day. Temperatures look to plummet come Wednesday however as a powerful trough will move into the region, bringing a stronger low pressure system and the next chance for a decent snowstorm around Wyoming. There are still plenty of unknowns about the potential for this, but as of now model numbers are the most impressive they have been since the major storm in late October. And while many of us may not enjoy large snowstorms, Wyoming needs to get a good amount of precipitation between now and May in order to reduce drought conditions heading into the next wildfire season.

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