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Dry, mild and warm conditions to persist through the weekend

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dry and mild conditions will prevail in Gillette through Monday with gusty winds at times. That could create some elevated fire weather conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Building high pressure over the western U.S. will help keep temperatures on the warm side. Gillette is looking at a 49-degree Friday with winds from the northwest at 5–10 mph increasing to 15–20 mph later this morning. Gusts could reach 30 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low near 27. Windchills will have it feeling closer to 19 degrees as winds from the west remain at 5–10 mph.

Saturday will see the mercury climb to 57 degrees under sunny skies. Winds from the west will pick up to 15 mph and gusts could reach 25 mph. Skies will become partly cloudy overnight as the low returns to 28.

A sunny Sunday is forecast with a high of 58. Winds from the southwest will pick up to 10–20 mph with gusts of 30 mph possible. Overnight, skies will become partly cloudy again, and the low will drop only to about 40 degrees. Winds from the southwest will blow at 30–35 mph. Gusts could be as high as 50.

Those winds are expected ahead of a cool front that will bring snow later Monday. First, though, the high will return to about 58 degrees. Skies will be partly cloudy, and breezy conditions will be present. Overnight, the low will drop to about 8 degrees. Snow is likely, although models are too inconsistent yet to determine a chance.

Snow chances are likely to continue into Tuesday, which will see a high of just 23 degrees.

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

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