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Potentially severe thunderstorms expected in northeast Wyoming today

GILLETTE, Wyo. — An unsettled pattern will bring near-daily chances for storms to northeast Wyoming through Thursday, including the chance for some severe storms today.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, says there is a level 2 of 5 risk over Campbell County for severe storms that could produce large hail, damaging winds and a tornado. Storms are expected between 1 and 8 p.m. today after the high has reached 75 degrees. The chance for storms is 50%.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to form this afternoon and evening. There is a Slight Risk — level 2 of 5 — for severe thunderstorms over most of northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota today. (National Weather Service graphic)

Otherwise, today will be partly sunny with a northwest wind at 8–17 mph and gusts of up to 26 mph. Storm chances will fall as the evening wears on. Skies should be partly cloudy overnight as the low falls to around 51. There’s a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms after 3 a.m. as well.

Leading into Tuesday morning, storm chances rise to 40% before noon. Skies should be partly sunny. The high will be near 72 as winds come from the northwest at 10–15 mph. Gusts could reach 23 mph, falling to 18 mph overnight. Skies will clear up for Tuesday night. The low will drop to around 51.

Wednesday will see the return of a 20% chance for thunderstorms after noon. Sunny skies are expected until storms spin up. The high will be near 79, according to the forecast. Storm chances rise to 30% overnight Wednesday. Partly cloudy skies are forecast along with a low of 48. It’ll be windy with a northwest wind at 10–14 mph and gusts of up to 24 mph.

Independence Day comes with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in Gillette. A cooler day is forecast with a high of 67, but skies should still be partly sunny. A northwest wind at 11–18 mph is expected, accompanied by 30 mph gusts. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies overnight with a low near 48.

The weekend should be warmer and much less wet as drier air settles in over the region. Friday will be sunny with a high of 76. A sunny Saturday should see a high of 82 and Sunday a high of 81. Overnight lows in the 50s are expected.

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

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