Rapid Warmup Begins April

April 1st, 2021
The Opening to Weather Segments
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Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 11:49 AM CDT
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We have officially bounced back from the cold front that moved through Monday night. Temperatures on Monday were in the 60s for many locations around Wyoming prior to its arrival, which dropped highs on Tuesday down into the 30s and on Wednesday into the mid and upper 40s. The 60s are back today, and the 70s are on the way as we finish off the work week Friday heading into Easter Weekend. There are few changes to the forecast as we head towards the first full week of April, some of which are good to see.

First off, the amount of wind expected over Easter Weekend has dropped. So things will be plenty sunny outside heading into the weekend along with temperatures climbing into the mid 70s, but now it looks as though the wind should overall remain pretty calm for the holiday weekend as well. This doesn’t mean that strong winds are not on the way; it looks as though heading into the middle of next week we will begin to see more wind, especially Tuesday and Wednesday as another cold front looks to move through the state. The good thing about the winds being calmer while the temperatures are at their warmest is that it reduces the fire weather threat, especially given the current drought conditions around the state. The new drought monitor showed very little change since last week; the only change was that more of Teton County is now abnormally dry due to the lack of recent precipitation.

Speaking of those drought conditions, however, there may be some relief on the way. A cold front looks to pass through Wyoming next Tuesday, and unlike this last one, it doesn’t look like it will be dropping temperatures a whole lot. We will be dropping from the 70s to the 50s in some areas, which keeps things warm enough for precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. More good news on that note as well: models seem to be hinting at the possibility for Northern and Central Wyoming to see a good bit of this rainfall; not just showers. Places like Casper and Riverton could use a few good rainstorms to help try to lower drought conditions in the region ahead of the summer months when the fire weather threats will escalate further. Rain is the best way for drought conditions to be alleviated.

There is still time for the forecast into next week to change, however, so hopefully the pattern holds and the Cowboy State can start seeing a few rounds of April Showers move through as we enter the heart of spring.

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