GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dry, breezy conditions mixed with clearing skies today will elevate fire weather conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of a cold front that will drop the temperature on Thanksgiving.
Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, calls for a high of 42. Skies will start mostly cloudy and gradually become sunny. Breezy conditions are expected with a northwest wind of 18–26 mph and gusts reaching 38 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low near 25. Windchill will dip as low as 16 as winds come from the northwest at 8–11 mph. Gusts of up to 20 mph are possible.
Tuesday’s forecast will see sunny skies and a high of 53. Early on, windchills will be as low as 19. Tuesday night will see partly cloudy skies and a low near 35. Winds from the southwest will pick up from 8–10 mph during the day to 11–15 mph overnight.
Wednesday will be even warmer under sunny skies at 56 degrees. Southwest winds will transition to come from the north at 10–13 mph in the afternoon. Overnight, there will be increasing clouds as the low falls to 24.
That cold front moving through the region Wednesday night will keep things cool for Thanksgiving. The high Thursday is forecast at 32 degrees under cloudy skies. There is a 50% chance for snow. Snow chances continue overnight as the low drops to around 16.
Friday morning will continue to see a slight chance for snow before 11 a.m. The forecast high is 27 under partly sunny skies. Overnight, the low will drop to about 9.
Gillette will stay quite cool through the weekend. Despite mostly sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday, the forecast highs are 29 and 31, respectively.