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Wyoming records 89 mph wind gust Monday; more strong winds, elevated fire weather Tuesday


CASPER, Wyo. — Some areas of Wyoming saw strong winds Monday. The strongest gust reached 89 mph, recorded at Big Trails near Washakie, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Riverton.

Red Canyon near South Pass recorded a gust of 67 mph, while Hat Six along Interstate 25 and Hiland both recorded 61 mph gusts.

The NWS in Riverton shared this graphic of the strongest wind gusts recorded on Monday via Twitter.

More strong winds are in store for some areas of the state Tuesday. The southern portion of western and central Wyoming could see gusts up to 45 mph, and elevated fire weather conditions are possible due to the strong winds and low humidity, the NWS in Riverton says.

The Laramie Range could see gusts as high as 50 mph Tuesday, the NWS in Cheyenne forecasts. In the northeast, there is a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Tuesday, according to the NWS in Rapid City.

Elevated fire weather could continue Wednesday in southern portions of western and central Wyoming, with wind gusts up to 40 mph possible, the NWS in Riverton predicts. Widely scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in south central and southeast Wyoming on Wednesday evening, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

The northeast part of the state is likely to see showers and thunderstorms from late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, with a slight chance of severe storms producing large hail and strong wind gusts Wednesday evening, according to the NWS in Rapid City.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible across western and central Wyoming on Thursday, according to the NWS in Riverton. The south central and southeast parts of the state are expected to see strong winds with gusts up to 60 mph Thursday, particularly on wind-prone areas of Interstate 80, according to the NWS in Cheyenne.

Further forecast information is available from the NWS.