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Cool and Precipitation Chance Today for the Games

Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 1:32 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cooler temperatures are temporarily making an appearance today before we dive right back into some more seasonable temperatures.

Early this morning, we saw some storms move through the state, leaving a lot of cities with some high humidity for Wyoming. Those storms will be especially prevalent later into the afternoon and evening.

Smoke will fluctuate a little bit as to how heavy or light it will be, but we can expect to see...
Smoke will fluctuate a little bit as to how heavy or light it will be, but we can expect to see hazy skies this weekend.(Rachel Saurer)

Unfortunately, that smoke will be sticking around well into Sunday. It will fluctuate quite a bit leaving us with lots of pockets of lighter smoke in the east and some pockets of heavier smoke in the southwestern and northwestern corners of the state by Friday evening. By early Sunday morning, that heavy pocket will remain in the northwestern corner over Yellowstone, but the rest of the state will still be enveloped by lighter smoke so we can expect those air quality warnings to continue to remain in effect. Right now, those alerts are issued for most of the state, but areas around Gillette, Cheyenne and part of Casper seem to be in the clear for now.

Today, we are seeing some cooler temperatures than most of the week.
Today, we are seeing some cooler temperatures than most of the week.(Rachel Saurer)

Today’s highs will be pretty mild all across the state with most of the cities experiencing temperatures anywhere in the 70s. The northern region will see temperatures in the low- to mid-60s and the southeastern corner -- Cheyenne excluded -- will see low 80s. Even Casper remains an outlier in the central part of the state with a high temperature of 80 degrees.

The western side of the state is cooling down quite a bit. For the rest of us, it will still be...
The western side of the state is cooling down quite a bit. For the rest of us, it will still be chilly but enough to cool us down into tomorrow.(Rachel Saurer)

However, we will have some chilly overnight temperatures to make us feel like we’re heading towards Autumn. The western side of the state will be getting quite cool tonight with many temps in the 30s and 40s. Yellowstone will even see a low temperature of 29 degrees. Cheyenne, Scottsbluff and Torrington will all experience slightly warmer lows than the rest of the state hitting those low-50s.

After the thunderstorms move through, the winds will die down into the overnight hours.
After the thunderstorms move through, the winds will die down into the overnight hours.(Rachel Saurer)

Taking a look at the predictor, we see wind speeds increasing throughout the day as those winds bring in and increase our potential to seem some thunderstorms today. By the time the football games start at Kelly Walsh and Sheridan #2, we will see wind speeds in those areas getting to pretty breeze speeds at 16 and 11 miles per hour respectively. By this time, Casper can also expect to see the beginnings of those thunderstorms start to creep in.

These are the temperatures and conditions we can expect for the games. It may be a good idea to...
These are the temperatures and conditions we can expect for the games. It may be a good idea to bring a jacket -- and possibly a raincoat!(Rachel Saurer)

Heading into the overnight hours, Cheyenne will being to see thunderstorms swoop in as the rest of the state begins to clear out. Wind speeds will also decrease heading into tonight.

The SPC has issued a general thunderstorm alert for the state and a marginal outlook for the eastern side where we can expect to see more gusty winds, heavy rainfall and even a chance for some hail to make an appearance.

If you want to do some camping over Labor Day weekend, you’re in luck. We will see sunny and clear skies all day on Saturday and temperatures will be fairly delightful across the state with 80s and upper-70s. Even if we take a look at our 5-day, these conditions will be sticking around all weekend and into the start of the work week.

We will be warming up a little bit tomorrow, but we're still seeing very mild temperatures.
We will be warming up a little bit tomorrow, but we're still seeing very mild temperatures.(Rachel Saurer)

It looks like it will be a little toasty as we approach the upper 80s in Cheyenne and we hit 88 degrees in Casper on Labor Day, but they are still very favorable conditions for some barbequing or a picnic or whatever activities you have planned for your extended weekend.

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