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High of 60 today ahead of rain, snow chances this weekend in Gillette

Photo courtesy of Skylar Wanke, the 2018 City of Gillette Summer Parks Photo contest winner in the general category.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — If this winter weather were a roller coaster, Campbell County would currently be pulled by the chains to the top of a drop.

That’s because the recent warm weather trend is still in effect, but colder and potentially drearier weather is on the way.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a high of 61 today under sunny skies. High pressure continues to dominate the region, keeping precipitation chances at bay through about Saturday. There’ll be a breeze from the west at 5–15 mph. Tonight’s skies will remain mostly clear as the low falls to around 28.

Not much will change for Thursday, except for a slightly lower high at 57 degrees. Winds will shift to come from the south at 10 mph with gusts of up to 20 mph possible. Winds will pick up quite a bit as nightfall comes, though, with south winds reaching 15–20 mph and gusts potentially reaching 30 mph. The forecast low is 31.

Friday’s high will be slightly cooler at 53. Breezy conditions are expected to persist as cooler air continues to push into the region. Winds will come from the south at 15–20 mph with gusts reaching 30 mph. That will pick up overnight with sustained wind speeds of 20 mph and gusts as high as 35 mph. Friday’s low will be near 32.

Saturday will see a high near 45. There’s a 50% chance for rain throughout the day. Skies will be mostly cloudy and remain so through the night as the low falls to around 31. Snow could mix with the rain as the temperature falls.

On Sunday, snow is likely before noon. The forecast high is 40, and the low will be near 26. Snow remains likely before midnight.

The start of the work week will see highs in the upper 40s, if the forecast holds up.

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