Lots of Smoke, But Rain Coming In Tomorrow
By: Jordan Frazier
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Starting off the day, we reached highs much warmer than the past few days, however, these temperatures were much more seasonable. The state is divided right now on our warning map. The western regions have been seeing lots of rain and storms over the past few days keeping them under a flash flood watch. The eastern regions have been seeing lots of dry and smoky conditions from the wildfires in Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Smoke and haze has been very thick lately prompting the air quality warnings to be extended until tomorrow afternoon.
Based on forecast data, I expect the heavy smoke to stick around over the next few days despite the increase in rain chances going into tomorrow afternoon. Please take the proper precautions if you have any underlying heart or lung issues. Much of the rain out to the west of the state is due to a stationary front sitting over us. This front is beginning to move east and will become a warm front once it reaches South Dakota and Nebraska.
As it moves, it will bring the system of showers and storms with it, causing our rain chances to increase tomorrow afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center only has the state under a general thunderstorm risk with the greatest threats tomorrow being heavy rain, gusty winds, and the chance for lightning with these storms. Tonight, we can begin to see clouds starting to move into the eastern regions allowing our overnight temperatures to be a little bit higher in the low to mid 60s rather than the 50s we expect. Temperatures tomorrow, however, will be cooler thanks to the increase in cloud cover and chances of precipitation. Areas can expect to see highs in the upper 70s and lower to mid 80s.
Going into the later parts of the week, conditions will dry out and temperatures will warm back up, but to more seasonable levels. Nothing like the record-breaking heat we saw much of last week.
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