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Cooler North, Warmer South

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 9:53 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We had a cold front move through the northern half of the state overnight changing our weather pattern for today. Much of the northern and southwestern regions saw below average temperatures and clear skies. Wind was the big story when it came to the front as strong westerly winds gusted up to over 60 MPH in some locations. Despite the strong winds, the heavy smoke stuck around today keeping an air quality warning in effect for the entire state until mid-day tomorrow.

Our smoke forecast is showing a shift in our wind leading to much less of that thick smoke over...
Our smoke forecast is showing a shift in our wind leading to much less of that thick smoke over the state starting around the middle of the week.(Jordan Frazier)

There are still fire weather watches and warnings in effect until tomorrow afternoon as the dry conditions and strong winds are a wildfire risk. As the winds begin shifting around from the passage of this front, we can start to see much better conditions, in terms of smoke, going later into the week. Only time will tell if that is the case and if it is enough to get rid of our air quality warnings. Some isolated showers could be seen in the southeastern corner of the state as that is currently where the cold front is staying.

With the cold front still making it's way through the state, we can see some isolated showers...
With the cold front still making it's way through the state, we can see some isolated showers and warm temperatures for the southeast until it passes.(Jordan Frazier)

That area of the state also stayed on the warmer side with Cheyenne tying the record heat set just last year. Clear skies are going to be dominating the region over the next few days as we do not see any significant chances of rain until this weekend. Tonight, much cooler temperatures are expected, especially in the northwest where we can see it getting close to the freezing mark.

Cooler temperatures are expected around the state after the cold front passed through leaving...
Cooler temperatures are expected around the state after the cold front passed through leaving the northwestern corner near the freezing point.(Jordan Frazier)

By tomorrow, the warmer temperatures will be back with still the southeastern corner being the main hot spot in the state. For the rest of the week, temperatures will remain right around average with few clouds in the skies and the next chance for rain being this weekend.

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