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Low chance of thunderstorms to follow sunny Gillette morning

Dry mornings, potentially wet afternoons — the pattern continues.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dry mornings, potentially wet afternoons: The pattern continues.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, is forecasting a high of 80 degrees today, followed by a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. There will be a breeze from the west at 5–9 mph, with gusts of up to 15 mph. The 30% chance for storms will continue through midnight, when clouds will disperse as the low falls to around 56 degrees.

Today’s storms are not expected to reach strong or severe criteria, according to the forecast. However, there is a slight risk forecast from the Weather Prediction Center for excessive rainfall.

(via the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, Twitter)

Friday will see a similar pattern, although the storm chance is 60% in the afternoon before falling to 40% in the evening. The weekend could be considerably more wet, with daytime rain chances rising from 50% in the morning to 90% in the afternoon Saturday with a high of 69 degrees. Thunderstorms will be more likely Saturday evening before rain chances diminish to 30% and stay there through Sunday, the forecast says.

More on the forecast is available from the National Weather Service in Rapid City.