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Quiet, sunny Tuesday forecast ahead of increasing midweek storm chances

Chances are rising that Gillette will see storms come Wednesday evening, but first the sun will come out.

H/t Miss Bailey Knopp

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Chances are rising that Gillette will see storms come Wednesday evening. First, though, the sun will come out.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a high of 78 degrees under sunny skies today. That will be accompanied by a south wind of 8–10 mph with gusts reaching 16 mph. Tonight will see partly cloudy skies and a low near 51.

An upper low will pass through Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, dragging with it a cold front that will help kick off some storms. The day should start off sunny and ultimately become the warmest day of the week with a high of 81. There’s a 30% chance Gillette will see storm development as the low passes through during the afternoon.

The greatest chance for storms is Wednesday night. As the low drops to 51 degrees, there’s a 50% chance for thunderstorms, according to the forecast. Winds will come from the north at 10–15 mph with gusts reaching 22 mph.

Showers could continue into Thursday in the wake of the front. The NWS in Rapid City is forecasting a 40% chance for rain Thursday with a high of just 64. Overnight, there will be some clearing of clouds and a low of 45.

Sunny conditions return for Friday and Saturday, as do warming temperatures. Expect highs of 68 and 74, respectively.

More on the forecast is available from the NWS in Rapid City.