Today’s warmth followed by increasing snow chances Wednesday

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The sun will come out today to warm things up quite a bit, but it might be hiding behind clouds Wednesday that also stand a chance of bringing more snow.

Today’s forecast calls for a high of 44, although a south wind about 10 mph could bring wind chill values as low as 20. Skies will remain clear to mostly clear overnight as the low sinks to around 24. A consistent southwest wind 10 to 13 mph will drive wind chill values to about 16 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Strong low pressure will dig through the Rockies on Wednesday, and that has increased the chance of snow to 50%, mainly after 8 a.m. Otherwise, Wednesday could be partly sunny with a high near 36. It’ll be breezy with a northwest wind 14 to 23 mph and gusts to 33 mph, and that will help drive wind chill values to as low as 14 degrees.

Snow chances persist through Wednesday evening until about 11 p.m. Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a low near 20. Expect blustery conditions as a northwest wind blows 16 to 22 mph with gusts to 31. That will push wind chill values down to about 13 degrees, the National Weather Service forecasts.

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The sun is expected to return for Thanksgiving Day, along with a high of 36. Windy conditions will continue with a west wind 10 to 13 mph and gusts to 18 mph. The night will be mostly clear with a steady temperature around 28 degrees.

“After a dry and cooler Thanksgiving day, warmer than average temperatures will return for the weekend. The next impulse is still on track to arrive Late Sunday into Monday bringing cooler temperatures for the first half of next week,” meteorologists wrote in forecast discussion.

More on the forecast is available at the National Weather Service website.

Klark Byrd is the Managing Editor for Oil City News, Cap City News and County 17. His award-winning journalism career started here in 2007 in Sidney, Nebraska, and has taken him to North Dakota, Georgia and Texas before landing to Wyoming. Feel free to contact him at editor@oilcity.news.