Breezy but sunny and warm holiday in store


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Despite a little bit of snow overnight, things are going to warm up for the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, is forecasting a 41 degree day today under sunny skies. Wind chills may be as low as 14 as winds come from the southwest at 10 to 14 mph with gusts to 22 mph.

Tonight will remain mostly clear as the low drops to about 29. Wind chills may reach as low as 18 degrees as winds come from the southwest at 11 to 14 mph with gusts to 22 mph.

Friday will be unseasonably warm with a high near 59 degrees. Early in the morning, wind chills may dip as low as 19. Winds are expected from the south at 13 to 18 mph with gusts to 28 mph.

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Like tonight, Friday night will be mostly clear as the low sinks to 32 degrees. Winds should continue from the southwest at 8 to 18 mph with gusts to 28 mph.

After the warm spell, snow chances re-enter the forecast for Saturday. There’s a 30% chance for rain and snow between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and then snow after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The forecast high is 43 degrees. The day should be partly sunny with northwest winds 8 to 15 mph.

Saturday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, gradually becoming mostly clear, as the low falls to about 22 degrees.

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