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Fire Weather conditions & dry isolated thunderstorms/rain showers will be the threats for SE Wyoming Thursday

Elevated & Critical conditions for areas along Southern Wyoming for Thursday
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:44 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Laramie, Albany, Platte & Carbon county until Thursday @ 7 PM. With increase in wind strength and shift in directions, more dry conditions are setting up fire weather potentials in these areas especially along the Southern parts of Wyoming. However, Albany & Laramie county’s have been spared so far for being within drought conditions. The dry air from the SE United States is pushing it’s way into Southern Wyoming, bringing ingredients for Fire Weather.

The System that has moved itself in has brought little relief to the some areas in the state, though we are still combatting above average temperatures. We are at least a few degrees down and many areas not hitting those triple digits throughout the late afternoon into evening hours. But just south of this system, a High and Low pressure system that is one fueling the warm/hot air and the low attempting to bring in cool air are fighting for dominance. This has resulted in the stationary front that has sat across much of southern and central Wyoming through the better part of Wednesday and throughout Tuesday evening. With these systems competing, dry thunderstorms and showers have developed in Colorado and SE Wyoming into small parts of Nebraska early Wednesday afternoon. Because this particular front does not look to move much heading into Thursday, Fire Weather & Dry thunderstorms/rain showers are likely specifically in SE Wyoming.

Tonight, clouds will continue to linger in Southern Wyoming. Temperatures look to hit a low of 59 degrees in Cheyenne with very light winds to accompany it. Tomorrow, looks to be another hot one especially into the early afternoon. As we hit around 3-4 o’clock, we could see some changes in potential isolated rain showers and thunderstorms in the area. This will look to cool things off again ever so slightly as it did for us on Wednesday afternoon which is the only thing that stopped us from setting a new record in Cheyenne.

More on tomorrow: Winds picking up will prompt more chances for fire weather, however, we also have been seeing a little bit of a haze. With the change in wind direction and speeds, we are actually receiving smoke from the Fire in Utah & even Grand Junction according to NWS Cheyenne. That being said, our air quality has dropped to less than optimal but hasn’t reached dangerous levels just yet and it is likely we will avoid falling into that slump. Temperatures again will remain hot, so please, stay hydrated and reduce your time outside if you begin to feel the heat or sun affect you. Sunscreen is highly recommended as well as the UV rays remain to be strong within the region.

Looking Ahead: A dip in the ridge looks to bring cooler temperatures in on Friday and Saturday with even better temperatures heading into Sunday & Monday. We could see some showers and isolated thunderstorms that would be brief Sunday & Monday but will continue to track as time moves on.

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