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Christmas holiday warm-up is here

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Positive temperatures, that’s the story of the forecast for the coming week and a relief for Wyoming residents who spent much of last week deep in the negatives.

And it’s not just positive temperatures, it’s double-digit positive temperatures. The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a high today of 33 degrees — 60 degrees warmer than Thursday’s low of -27, according to records.

Today’s skies will be cloudy early on and gradually clear. With a west wind 8 to 13 mph and gusts to 22 mph, wind chill values may dip as low as 9 degrees — an improvement over Friday’s wind chills of -33, per National Weather Service records.

Clouds will roll in again for tonight with the temperature falling to a low of 23 by 8 p.m., then rising to 32 overnight. Winds will come from the southwest at 8 to 15 mph with gusts to 23 mph, and wind chills may dip as low as 12 degrees.

Christmas Day will see a chance for rain after noon mixing with snow after 4 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy as the high reaches 39. Southwest winds 14 to 21 mph will keep things breezy. The chance for precipitation is 30%.

Sunday night will see continued clouds as the low falls to 19 degrees. Wind chill values may dip as low as 11 degrees. It’ll be blustery with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph falling to 9 to 14 mph after midnight, the forecast says. Gusts could reach 32 mph.

Looking ahead into next week, warm temperatures in the 40s are here to stay until Thursday and Friday when colder air drops highs into the mid-30s.

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