GILLETTE, Wyo. — Smoke from Canadian wildfires has continued to drift over the western U.S., making for hazy skies and fiery sunsets. That smoke will persist today, though Campbell County should see somewhat clearer skies as heavier smoke is expected to move out of Wyoming and into South Dakota.
The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a 79-degree day for Gillette with areas of smoke and a 30% chance for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. The day will clear from partly sunny to sunny, and winds should come from the northwest at 6–10 mph before turning to come from the east after 3 p.m.
Tonight carries a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke will continue under mostly cloudy skies as the low falls to around 55, the forecast says.
Breezier conditions are expected Wednesday with a south wind reaching 14–23 mph and gusting as high as 28 mph. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 81, and then there’s a 40% chance for afternoon showers. Wednesday night will see a 30% chance for showers before midnight. Skies will be mostly cloudy as the low falls to around 54. Breezy conditions are expected to continue with an overnight south wind of 16–24 mph and gusts reaching 34 mph.