Riverton Meteorologist Chris Jones. (File photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service Forecast Office is predicting a dry and windy day today on the east side of the Wind River Range. In a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued early today, the NWS said the conditions may lead to “elevated fire behavior, if a fire were to start.” Otherwise, the forecast is for isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening, especially across the north.

For Friday and the weekend, the forecast is calling for a chance of thunderstorms across the north and central portions of the area with a few storms “with heavy rain and small hail possible east of the divide. Snow was reported possible in the Bighorns Friday night and Saturday morning. For Sunday, isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms across Central Wyoming.

Today’s highs around the county will range from around 78 in Lander to 80 in Riverton with the peak temperature expected to reach around 70 in Dubois, and 83 in Shoshoni, 77 in Jeffrey City to a cool 68 at South Pass City.

For the Wind River Reservation, it will be near 75 at Crowheart, 80 at Fort Washakie and Arapahoe, and 81 at Ethete.

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