Severe storms expected Thursday afternoon and evening
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A wildfire sparked in northern Weston County around 1 p.m. Wednesday. There will likely be some lingering smoke/haze around the area because of it. as for tonight, partly cloudy skies are expected and temperatures will remain pretty mild. Lows will fall into the 60s for much of the area.
There is a lot happening on Thursday. Strong winds in Wyoming have lead to a High Wind Watch being issued, which will likely be upgraded at some point overnight. The winds will create critical fire danger in Wyoming. This is not good for the current fire burning east of Upton, as the strong winds will make it very difficult to battle if they are unable to contain it overnight.
Severe weather is another big concern for Thursday. Storms will likely fire up between 3 and 6 p.m. in northeast Wyoming and slide into western South Dakota. Large hail will be the initial threat with isolated storms. In the strongest of storms, baseball size hail or larger will be possible. While these storms are isolated, a few tornadoes will be possible in the area. Storms will connect and form a line through the evening and the biggest threat will shift to damaging winds as it rumbles across the plains. Storms will be out of the area between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Cooler air will be welcomed on Friday with highs in the 70s for many. Sunny skies are expected to end the week and last through the weekend. Highs over the weekend will be hot though, as highs are likely to be in the upper 80s for many and even some 90s.
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