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Cooler system bringing cool temps, less snow than previously expected

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gillette’s snowy forecast the past few days has changed significantly as deepening low pressure shifts into the upper Midwest today.

Models previously showed days of potential snowfall for Campbell County, but that’s not as likely to be the case as the main area of lift will stay northwest of the region, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota.

What hasn’t changed is the expectation for cooler temperatures. After a week of highs in the 50s, the forecast calls for days of highs in the 30s.

Today’s high should be near 35. Breezy conditions are expected with a northwest wind of 10–15 mph increasing to 15–20 mph later in the morning. Gusts could reach 35 mph. Windchills will be as low as 14. Skies will be mostly cloudy through the day and night as the low falls to around 21. Winds will die down some to 5–15 mph.

Friday will see partly sunny skies and a high of 36. West winds are expected at 5–10 mph, keeping windchill at around 13 degrees. The remaining snow chances in the forecast come Friday night as the low drops to around 20. There’s a 40% chance for snow. Skies will remain mostly cloudy through the night. Winds are expected from the north at about 10 mph.

Early Saturday morning will carry a 20% chance for snow, for now. The forecast high is 30. Mostly cloudy skies are expected through the day and much of the night, although skies should become mostly clear before daybreak. The low will be near 15.

Sunday will see the high return to around 38 degrees. Mostly sunny conditions are forecast. Some clouds are expected overnight, and the low will be near 21.

The start of the work week will see the mercury return to the low 40s, if the forecast holds up.

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