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Unseasonably warm conditions return with wind today ahead of snow this week

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A couple of pattern shifts this week will send Gillette’s weather on a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys.

Heading up to the peak, today will see a high of 52 degrees. It will be breezy with a southwest wind at 20–25 mph with possible gusts of up to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota. That’s thanks to high pressure building over Wyoming, and will continue into Tuesday. First, though, will be a breezy Monday night with a low near 32. Winds will continue from the southwest at 15–25 mph with gusts reaching 35 mph.

Tuesday will see the mercury climb to 57 for a high as skies remain mostly sunny. Winds will have died down considerably to 5–10 mph. Gusts of up to 15 mph will be possible, according to the forecast. Tuesday night will come with a slight chance for rain at about 30%, with most of that activity happening between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. There could be some snow in the mix as the low drops to around 35.

The rest of the week will see rising precipitation chances with quite a bit of snow in the mix.

Wednesday will start with a 50% chance for rain and snow before 9 a.m., followed by likely rain as the high climbs to around 51. Winds will come from the south at 10–15 mph. Rain chances rise to 60% in the afternoon. Overnight, Wednesday will bring an 80% chance for snow and a low near 26. Blustery conditions are expected as northwest winds reach sustained speeds of 15–20 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph.

Snow chances fall some Thursday to 60%, if the forecast holds up. The best chance for snow will be before 11 a.m. Thursday’s high will be just 35 degrees. The low will be near 20.

Friday through Sunday will see similar highs, maxing out around 34 on Sunday. Slight chances for snow remain in the forecast.

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