(Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Equality State faces a drop in the mercury today as a weak cold front takes charge, ushering in cooler temperatures and a mixture of rain showers and sporadic thunderstorms.

Conditions are expected to clear from the north tonight, promising a drier and warmer weekend for those seeking sunshine, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton.

A hazardous weather outlook is forecast for today: Areas east of the Divide can expect scattered rain showers, while an occasional isolated thunderstorm may also appear, primarily during the morning and afternoon. The stormy setup will then shift eastward, leaving clearer skies in its wake.

For residents gearing up for outdoor weekend plans, the forecast appears favorable. Yet, as next week approaches, there’s a heightened fire weather threat to be mindful of, thanks to a slight uptick in temperatures combined with predominantly dry conditions, especially away from the higher terrain.

A detailed forecast for Casper:

  • Today: There is a 60% chance of precipitation. Expect showers, and perhaps a thunderstorm, before 11 a.m., followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms. The skies will stay mostly cloudy as temperatures hover around a high of 66. A gentle northeast breeze will pick up in the morning, ranging between 5 and 8 mph. Rainfall could vary, with most areas seeing between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. However, areas hit by thunderstorms might witness slightly higher amounts.
  • Tonight: The chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms lingers until around 7 p.m. Night owls and early risers might encounter patchy fog after 4 a.m. Temperatures will drop to a comfortable 45, with an east-northeast wind calming post-midnight.
  • Friday: The day kicks off with patchy fog that should clear by 7 a.m. From then on, it’s all sunshine with a high near 72. A calm wind will turn north by the afternoon, averaging around 6 mph.
  • Weekend: Casper residents can look forward to a sunny and warm weekend. Friday night promises clear skies with a low around 43. Saturday’s highs are predicted to reach 79, with a light southwest breeze in the morning. Temperatures on Sunday might push 81, though it’ll be a bit breezy with gusts possibly reaching 20 mph.