March 16, 2011 — Dry, High Fire Danger East; Northwest to See Additional Precipitation
High pressure will continue to dominate our weather for the next couple of days. That means more sunshine and well above average temperatures across much of the state. Highs in Casper will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Conditions will stay mainly dry as well.
South to southwest winds will pick up in the east and south today. 15 to 30 mph sustained winds will be common, with gusts up to 40 mph or higher. This wind, combined with the very dry conditions and low relative humidity has lead to very high and extreme fire dangers in some portions of the state. Parts of eastern Wyoming are in a Red Flag Warning today. Portions of central Wyoming are in a Fire Weather Watch on Saturday. Casper is included in the Fire Weather Watch.
Northwest Wyoming will be the only part of the state that will see moisture. Temperatures even there will be warm enough for the precipitation to stay in the form of rain today in the lower elevations. Snow is expected to mix with the rain tonight. This corner of the state will see more showers and mixed showers on Saturday too.