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Weekend of spring showers, possible storms starts this afternoon in Gillette

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop across northeastern Wyoming later today and continue tonight through the weekend.

The time for spring showers has arrived in Campbell County, and the moisture is much needed as the entire county is either abnormally dry or in stage-one drought.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has forecast a high of 69 today in Gillette under mostly cloudy skies. That comes with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Winds today will come from the south at 9–15 mph and shift to the north in the afternoon. Gusts could reach 22 mph.

Tonight will see a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy as the low falls to around 44. Winds will come from the northwest at 10–15 mph with gusts reaching 22 mph.

The best chances for rain will be Friday and Saturday. Friday will start with a 40% chance and mostly cloudy skies. The high will return to around 61 degrees. It’ll be breezier than today with a north wind at 14–23 mph and gusts of up to 33 mph. Rain chances will increase to 50% for the evening and night. The low will drop to around 41. Winds from the north will continue at 14–23 mph with gusts of up to 33 mph.

Saturday will see rain chances ramp up to 60%. Skies will be mostly cloudy, and the high will be near 51, according to the forecast. Northwest winds will pick up to 15–18 mph with gusts of up to 26 mph. Rain chances fall to around 30% for Saturday evening as the low drops to 34, turning those rain chances into a 20% chance for a rain and snow mixture.

Sunday will see a continued 30% chance for rain throughout the day as the high returns to 55. Skies will be partly cloudy overnight as the low falls to around 36.

Warmer temps and drier days return Monday with a high of 65, followed by 66 on Tuesday and 75 on Wednesday.

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