Earthly & Celestial Forecast: Clear skies, with a meteor shower expected this evening!

A quick burst of celestial activity is expected under clear skies across much of the United States, with South Dakota and Northeastern Wyoming on the Western edge of the viewing area

  • A few ice covered and snow covered roads this morning across the region, with most precipitation ending this morning.
  • I-90 has some rough patches between Sundance, WY and Sturgis, but things otherwise look clear. Be careful if you’re traveling in the higher elevations as there are snow covered roads in the Northern, Central, and even portions of the Southern Hills.
  • Temperatures are in the 20s with a few teens this morning, expecting things to warm up into the high 20s to mid 30s by later today.
  • Plenty of sunshine, with most slick and icy areas drying out as the day progresses, just make sure to take it easy on your morning commute.

  • Though our Earthly forecast remains clear over the next couple of days, our celestial forecast is busy!
  • A short-lived, potentially vigorous meteor shower is expected this evening in the Eastern Wyoming, Southeastern Montana, and South Dakota skies this evening.
  • These will be close to the Southeastern Horizon, it will be a little more difficult to see them the farther West you are — so folks in Central Wyoming and portions of Montana may way to relocate a little farther East if possible.
  • This will be a short-lived event, so you’ll want to be set up before the show starts around 9:30 p.m. MDT.
  • Some estimates put the number of meteors per hour close to the 1000 mark! But we’ll have to see if that estimate pans out as there is some disagreement between astronomers.

  • Make sure you are bundling up as we are expecting temperatures in the teens and low 20s tonight going into Friday morning.
  • Winds will be light and northerly, but wind chill could still be a factor so make sure you have hats, gloves and all the good stuff.

  • A very nice Friday, Saturday and Sunday are on tap so far in the forecast, with 40s on Friday and 50s expected on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Conditions are also expected to remain dry, with our first chance of precipitation expected on Sunday evening going into Monday.

  • We do, however, expect a dry front to push into the region Friday night going into Saturday, with gusts up to 30 mph from the West and Northwest.
  • These conditions will continue into Saturday and possibly Sunday evening, when a proper cold front is expected to move through and drop temperatures.
  • Unsettled and chilly weather is expected next week, models are having a hard time with the specifics but certainly worth watching if you plan on traveling.

THANKSGIVING DISCUSSION

For those leaving this weekend, conditions look pretty good across the country save for a few rain or snow showers across the Northern Plains. Next week will be a different story, as several forecast guidance models throw some pretty good systems moving right in the middle of the country. These forecast will shift, and eventually we’re going to get a better idea of the where and exactly when. What we do know — expect cold and unsettled weather throughout the week. Could be one big system or several smaller, at this point its just too far out to really pinpoint but those who want to travel next week should pay close attention to the forecast. I’ll update this every morning until Thanksgiving to give you all a heads up on any changes, I know A LOT is riding on forecasts like these, and we appreciate you trusting us with them. Be safe out there! — Brant

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