Cool front bringing increasing snow chances ahead of sunny Thanksgiving

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A cold front is increasingly likely to bring rain and snow chances later today and into the evening, the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, warns.

If snow does fall, it would happen mainly after 11 a.m. and before 11 p.m. The National Weather Service is expecting less than an inch in and around Gillette.

(National Weather Service Graphic)

Otherwise today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 38 degrees. It will be breezy with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph this afternoon. Gusts could reach as high as 32 mph.

Clouds will begin to dwindle tonight as the low reaches 22 degrees. Wind chill values may drop as low as 9 degrees as northwest winds pick up to 20 to 23 mph and gusts reach as high as 39 mph.

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The sun will come out for Thanksgiving Day, although temperatures will be moderated by the passing cold front. Expect a high near 34 degrees with wind chills as low as 10. It will still be windy with a northwest wind 10 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Thanksgiving night will be mostly clear with a low near 24. As southwest winds continue around 11 mph, wind chills may drop as low as 13, the National Weather Service said.

Friday will be a warm one with a forecast high of 50 degrees under sunny skies. A southwest wind 11 to 16 mph with gusts to 23 mph is expected. Overnight the low will fall to around 28.

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