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Dusting of snow, temps near freezing for MLK Day/Equality Day holiday

Interstate 90 near Gillette on Jan. 16, 2023. (Wyoming Department of Transportation)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, or Equality Day in Wyoming, will be a cold and potentially snowy one for Gillette as a cold front is draped over the area.

Rain should change to light snow this morning with many places seeing no more than a dusting of fresh powder, the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, said. Some areas across northeast Wyoming and the Black Hills could see an inch or two. Freezing fog is expected to be a travel hazard this morning.

The forecast is calling for a 50% chance of snow as the mercury climbs only to 33 degrees. Any snowfall should be seen by about 2 p.m. Skies will remain cloudy. There will be a northwest breeze 8 to 13 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Wind chills may dip to 19 degrees.

Clouds will stick around tonight as the temperature falls a few degrees to 28, and remains there through morning. Wind chills may dip to 20 degrees as winds come from the west at 5 to 8 mph.

There is a 20% chance for snow Tuesday climbing only to 30% for the overnight. Snowfall, if any, is expected after 11 a.m. The day will be cloudy and the forecast high is 33 degrees. Snow on Tuesday night is expected before 11 p.m. as the low falls to around 24.

Cold air will continue to dominate the atmosphere for the week, with daily highs Wednesday and Thursday also forecast at 33 degrees and a high of 31 on Friday. Skies should clear as the week wears on. Overnight lows will be between 17 and 19 degrees.

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