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Dry cool front to drop temps today; warmup expected for the weekend

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A dry cold front will cross through the region this morning, bringing gusty winds up to 45 mph and dropping temperatures considerably.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a high of 44 today, with temperatures falling to around 35 by 5 p.m. Winds will come from the north at 18–23 mph, decreasing as the cold front passes to 7–12 mph this afternoon.

Skies will be partly sunny today and become mostly clear for tonight. A steady temperature of 31 degrees is expected. Windchill will be as low as 20 with a south wind of 5–13 mph, according to the forecast.

Upper-level high pressure is expected to build into the northern plains Friday through Sunday, resulting in temperatures about 5–10 degrees above normal.

Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 54. During the night, skies will be mostly clear and the low will fall to 29. Saturday will largely repeat with sunny skies and a high near 54. Alongside mostly cloudy skies overnight, the forecast low is 31.

Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 53. That will be just ahead of another cool front that’s expected to bring some rain and snow chances before 11 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy overnight with a low near 26.

Monday will be colder with a high of 36, followed by highs of 44 on Tuesday and 42 on Wednesday, if the forecast holds up.

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