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Blowing dust possible in Campbell County with today’s gusting winds


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Wind is the main weather story today for Campbell County as low pressure pushes into the region with colder air in tow.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has issued an air quality alert for all of Campbell County and a high wind warning for southern Campbell County today as northwest gusts are expected to reach 60–65 mph. Sudden gusts could cause issues for drivers and could create blowing dust, which can exacerbate some breathing issues.

Strong and gusty northwest winds will occur today. The highest wind speeds will be over parts of northeastern Wyoming (gusts up to 60 mph) and on the plains just to the east of the Black Hills (gusts up to 65 mph). High wind warnings have been issued for those areas. (National Weather Service)

Today also comes with a 20% chance for rain, mainly before 8 a.m. Skies will be cloudy and gradually clear to become mostly sunny as the high reaches 58. Winds are expected to be an issue through tonight, with gusts dying down to about 32 mph alongside a 13–23 mph north wind. There’ll be increasing clouds and a 20% chance for snow showers after 3 a.m.

Snow chances reach their highest this week on Wednesday at 50%. The forecast high is 41 degrees, and skies will remain cloudy. Northwest winds are expected to continue at 14–22 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. Up to a half-inch of snow could accumulate. The chance for snow dwindles to 20% Wednesday night as the low drops to around 24 and colder air situates over the region.

A mostly sunny Thursday will see a high of 41 and continued windy conditions. Overnight, the low will fall to around 22 degrees.

The air remains cool on Friday for a high of 39 under partly sunny skies. That’ll be followed by a low of 22 on a mostly cloudy Friday night.

Snow chances return Saturday as the high returns to 43. Mostly sunny conditions are expected on Sunday for a high of 59, followed by similar conditions Monday and a high of 58.

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