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Windy, potentially stormy day setting up for Campbell County

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A cold front passing through the region is likely to bring strong winds and increasing rain chances to Campbell County today.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, says today’s high will top out around 57 degrees as skies become cloudy and rain chances rise from 30% to 70%. After noon, showers may give way to thunderstorms, with winds from the southwest at 13–18 mph shifting to the northwest at 26–31 mph. Gusts could be as high as 44 mph.

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With cooler air and continued precipitation, tonight’s low should fall to around 33, according to the forecast. Rain chances max out around 80% this evening, then fall to 20% by Friday morning. Thunderstorms remain possible until around midnight. Windy conditions will continue as well with a northwest wind at 29–34 mph falling to 20–25 mph after midnight. Gusts could reach 47 mph, the NWS in Rapid City warns.

The sun returns Friday as the high climbs to 61 degrees. Winds will die down substantially to 9–17 mph from the south. Skies will remain partly cloudy into the evening and overnight period as the low falls to around 39.

A potentially wet weather pattern will set up again for the holiday weekend. Saturday will start off partly sunny. As the high climbs to around 63 degrees, there’s a 20% chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon, rising to a 40% chance for showers throughout the night. The forecast high is 63, falling to a low of 41.

Sunday will get started with a 40% chance for showers. As the high reaches 62, that rain chance bumps up to 50% and becomes a chance for afternoon thunderstorms. That will persist into the night as the low drops to 43.

A warming pattern sets up starting on Memorial Day. Expect a sunny Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with highs of 69, 76 and 81, respectively.

More on the weather is available from the NWS in Rapid City.