As Gillette prepares for the weekend, temperatures are predicted to hover in the low 20s to low 30s through Dec. 12, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
There is a 40% chance of snow, though the amounts are not expected to exceed trace amounts of one inch, the NWS says.
This follows a week of unusually warm weather, with temperatures climbing to a high of 64 degrees yesterday around 3 p.m., which is 34 degrees above maximum temperatures recorded this time last year, according to the NWS.
Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King said the temperatures, while creating gorgeous weather conditions this week, will generally start plummeting in January.
But cooler weather does not necessarily translate to snowfall.
“It is December,” King said, adding that the region does not typically see heavy snow during this time of the year. Significant snowfall is not likely moving into January and early February either because of typically frigid temperatures.
The NWS reports that February saw the lowest temperature values this year of -6 degrees. The year before, February saw values head down to -12, per NWS data.
King said that frigid air does not hold moisture very well, which is why the region doesn’t see much snowfall until the weather warms slightly in late February and March.
And despite the snow projected over the coming days, Campbell County remains in drought conditions, falling behind typical moisture levels seen in years past during this time, he said.
On average, regional precipitation levels are expected to be around half an inch between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.
This December, however, the region has only seen around .14 inches of precipitation, according to the NWS. Projected snowfall over the next few days could change that, which could be a good thing for Campbell County.
“Any moisture we get would be welcome,” King said.